U-23 female football star, “Toni” Payne wants to play for Nigeria

Toni Payne

The US under-23 star, Antionette “Toni” Oyedupe Payne says she has opted to change her international allegiance to Nigeria after consulting her family.

‘Toni’ Payne, whose parents, Oyekele and Mojemilat Payne are Nigerians, has been in the US programme since she was 13, and represented the US at the Under-17 FIFA World Cup in Azerbaijan.

She has also been part of the US under-23 team since January.

The attacking midfielder or centre-forward has never visited Nigeria, but said she has followed the country’s women’s teams.

“I know Nigeria have some good players and play an attacking style and personally this fits my style,” Payne said.

“My best position is attacking midfield, but I could also play as a centre-forward.

“I believe if I am given a chance, I will prove myself again.”

Her younger brother Stephen is on the books of Portuguese club, Estoril, while younger sister, Nicole has been scouted for the US under-17s.

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