Like Father Like Daughter: Evelyn Ijeh Named In Swedish Squad For Euro U-17 Tourney

Evelyn Ijeh, the 16-year-old daughter of ex-Nigerian international Peter Ijeh has hit the ground running with a nice performance that earned her a place in the Swedish junior women’s team. gathered that Evelyn Ijeh, will feature as a midfielder for Sweden in the U-17 EM qualifier slated for 22-28 March in France.

The Nigerian born Swedish player plans to join her teammates to raise the flag of Sweden higher when they battle Finland, Scotland and the host nation France later this month. She was born on 12 August, 2001.

Just like her dad Peter Ijeh, who took his career to the top during his playing days across the globe, Evelyn Ijeh is a focused player, a good passer of the ball and has shooting abilities.

Evelyn Ijeh joined Gothenburg FC from the IFK Gothenburg Academy and has already made a debut at the JRC A team, but yet to feature in a top national competition.

Evelyn Ijeh at a year old with her dad Peter Ijeh.File photo shows one-year-old Evelyn Ijeh with her dad Peter Ijeh back in the days, photo: courtesy of Ingvar Andersson. –

Now, with a chance to represent her adopted country, Evelyn believes it’s time to play her way right to the top.

“I have participated in a camp, a kind of mini-tourney in Bosön earlier. But I have never played any real international game before. This will be the first time”, Evelyn Ijeh told JRC.

Ideally, Evelyn has some words to describe how her father Peter Ijeh has motivated her.

“Dad is a great inspiration. He has learned a lot about how to play as a forward. I’m proud of what he did in the football field and I notice he is proud of what I do now, he follows me in everything I do”, says Evelyn Ijeh, who, like daddy, is the best player to play with.

Peter Ijeh himself, a proud dad and former top scorer in the Nigeria Pro-Football League, was in a great expectant mood when he broke the news to this online newspaper; “This is to inform you that my 16-year-old daughter Evelyn Ijeh has been invited to play for the Swedish National team this month against France, Scotland and Finland”.

-Additional information from JRC.

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