|Intro||Nigerian association football player|
Association football player
|Birth||19 March 1992, Anambra State, Nigeria|
Josephine Chukwunonye (born 19 March 1992) is a Nigerian footballer who plays for Asarums IF in Division 1, and for the Nigeria women’s national football team. She previously played for Nigerian domestic side Rivers Angels for seven years, and for Washington Spirit in the National Women’s Soccer League.
After seven years playing for Rivers Angels in the Nigerian Women’s Championship, in June 2015 it was announced Chukwunonye was joining the National Women’s Soccer League side Washington Spirit. She was signed at the same time as Australian international Hayley Raso, with the announcement coming the day before the Nigeria women’s national football team played Australia in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Chukwunonye said at the time, “I am excited to join the Washington Spirit family; it’s a thing of joy and a dream come true for me, I love playing with great players like Crystal Dunn, who I faced in the U20 World Cup in 2012. I am excited to work with coach Parsons because I know he will bring out the best in me.” Chukwunonye was the second Nigerian international in the squad, joining Francisca Ordega. After playing two games for the team, she was released in December 2015.
In March 2016, both Chukwynonye and fellow Nigerian international Ngozi Okobi were signed by Swedish side Vittsjö GIK. They had previously played together in the squad of the Washington Spirit, and on their move to Vittsjö GIK, they joined with two further Nigerian internationals, Nkem Ezurike and Ifeoma Dieke. Chukwynonye said “I am excited to join the Vittsjo family; it’s a thing of joy and a dream come true for me, I am eager to prove myself and give my very best to propel the club to glory”.
She has represented Nigeria on junior levels at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. At senior level she was part of Nigeria’s squads in the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments of 2011 and 2015 as well as the African Women’s Championship in the 2010, 2012 and 2014 editions, winning the tournament twice (2010 and 2014).
- African Women’s Championship (2): 2010, 2014
- Nigerian Women’s Championship (1): 2010
- Nigerian Women’s Cup (5): 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014