Leicester City of England women’s team defender, Ashleigh Plumptre has disclosed that she is eager to learn more facts about the country of her father, Nigeria, which she says she has visited on a number of occasions but still lacks enough information about.
The 23-year-old star of The Foxes’ female squad hinted that she might consider switching her national team allegiance to play for Nigeria, even as she expressed a strong desire to meet with Leicester’s male duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi.
Megasportsarena.com gathered that Plumptre is currently in her second spell with Leicester and helped the club to win the English FA Women’s Championship title, earning a two-year contract for her fine showings since rejoining the squad in 2019.
The Foxes’ female star, who has featured for various England youth teams but is still eligible for Nigeria through her father, added that she is unhappy being unable to link up with Iheanacho and Ndidi, whom she described as her role models, then concluded that she could play for the Super Falcons in future.
Plumptre told BBC Sport: “With Leicester, Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho have been good role models for me. It’s funny we haven’t met but that’s all because of Covid but at some point hopefully we’ll be able to meet each other.
“The idea of me being able to play for Nigeria, with that being an option, I would happily grab that with both hands. What representing something that really means to somebody is very important.
“Obviously, there’s a lot of things I can openly say that I don’t know about Nigerian culture but I want to learn because I know that it’s in me, and it’s in my sister and in my dad.
“We can only get it from my granddad, he’s the only thing that we know in terms of Nigeria. I’ve obviously visited Nigerian relatives in America and in England.
“Seeing this little journey my sister and I have been on, and the understanding of our family heritage, not just that but watching Nigerian documentaries and learning about the past is incredible.”