Biography Intro:Precious Dede is a retired Nigerian female football goalkeeper, who formerly played for several clubs including Delta Queens FC, Ibom Queens and Arna-Bjørnar, as well as appearing 99 times for the Nigeria women’s national football team.
NAME: Precious Uzoaru Dede
DATE OF BIRTH:18 January 1980 in Lagos
PLACE OF BIRTH:Lagos
CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: On 30 march 2009 dede signed a one-year contract to play for arna-bjørnar in bergen, norway. Dede had been brought in following an injury to fellow goalkeeper erika skarbø.
Dede has been in many nigerian squads over the years, including the women’s world cup tournaments of 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, the olympic tournaments of sydney 2000, athens 2004 and beijing 2008, and the african women’s championship tournaments of 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, winning it twice (2010, 2014).
She had initially considered retiring from international football following the 2014 african women’s championship, but was convinced to continue playing through the 2015 world cup. Following the tournament, she announced her retirement in march 2016, having played 99 games for the senior national team.at the time of her retirement, she had been the longest serving player the squad, and had recently been dropped from the team for the qualification tournament for the 2016 summer olympics.
She decided to fully retire from professional football in october that year, saying “I cherish the opportunity to play at club level and represent my country, it was a dream come true. I am very grateful to have spent over a decade in female football, I owe so much to the best game in the world.”
HONORS AND AWARDS:African Women’s Championship 2010, 2014