Umotong: I’ll Be A Businesswoman After Football


Brighton & Hove Albion Ladies’ striker, Ini Umotong has disclosed that she is seriously thinking about taking up a vocation as a businesswoman.

Although the Calabar-born attacker says she is not thinking for now of quitting, can reveal that the 24-year-old Umotong wants to explore the business acumen in her when she finally retires.

However, even while setting her mind on business after hanging her boost, Umotong, who was raised in the United Kingdom, where she was enrolled at Birmingham City’s academy at the age of five, says she will still engage in matters of football.

Diving into football business should not be too tough for her, as Umotong has already learnt how to mix things together, considering how she played at Portsmouth and Oxford United while studying economics at University of Southampton, and finished with a first class degree in 2017.

During her studies, she scored over 50 goals for Portsmouth women, had her international debut with Nigeria against Mali in 2015 and made the Super Falcons’ squad fr the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Soon after, Umotong won the top scorers’ golden boot in England’s Women Premier League 2 and was named Players’ Player of the season during her stint with Oxford United in 2017.

Even as she espies a future in business after football, Umotong, who is currently eyeing a spot with the Falcons for her second World Cup outing with Nigeria this summer in France, also wants to be an administrator in the English Women’s Super League.

Umotong expatiated: “After playing football, I would like to have a career on the business side of the game.

“Something to do with the commercial or the sponsorship side of football and just helping the growth of the game.

“That is something for the future and I think it goes hand in hand with my playing career. It would be nice to help (the English League’s) growth.”


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