Pompey Ladies striker Ini Umotong back to impress at World Cup

Pompey Ladies striker Ini Umotong will play for Nigeria at the World Cup Picture: Jordan Hampton

Pompey Ladies striker Ini Umotong will play for Nigeria at the World Cup Picture: Jordan Hampton

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POMPEY LADIES coach Perry Northeast has backed striker Ini Umotong to make her mark on the Women’s World Cup and insisted: She can score goals at any level.

The 21-year-old forward has linked up with the Nigeria squad in Canada ahead of today’s tournament start, after a goal-laden first season with the Blues.

Following her arrival from Aston Villa at the start of the campaign, Umotong struck 29 league and cup goals, enjoying an incredible run of 12 consecutive scoring games as Pompey sealed the FA Premier League southern division title.

And Northeast is convinced Umotong will thrive, if given the opportunity on the big stage.

He said: ‘Ini’s goal record speaks for itself, she is playing in a very tough league in the English game and scoring goals on a regular basis, so I think that must have been what caught Edwin Okon’s (Nigeria boss) eye straight away.

‘The thing about Ini is that I don’t think it matters what level she is playing at, she will always score goals.

‘She is a very raw talent – she will get her head or foot on the end of anything that comes into the box. I hope she gets some game time and can show what she is about.’

Speaking to Nigerian website sporton.ng, an excited Umotong admitted her inclusion in the Super Falcons squad was the stuff of dreams, and revealed confidence in the camp was high ahead of Monday’s first game with Sweden (3pm).

She said: ‘I am so excited!

‘It will be a dream come true for me.

‘The spirit in the camp is so high and positive – I feel confident we can do well.’

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