Nicole Payne (born 18 January 2001) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a defender for West Virginia Mountaineers and the Nigeria women’s national team.
Payne was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama to Nigerian parents.
Nicole Made her debut for the Super Falcons of Nigeria on June 10th 2021 in a 1-0 defeat to Jamaica.
Toni and Nicole Payne made history when they shared the pitch against Jamaica in June, becoming the first sisters to play at the same time for Nigeria.
When Nicole Payne came on in the second half of Nigeria’s opening game of US Soccer’s WNT Summer Series, against Jamaica, neither she nor her big sister Toni Payne had any idea they had just made history.
The pair became the first set of sisters to play together for the Nigeria Women’s National Team.
“Our dad is very opinionated on our football but the first thing he said to us when we called after the game was how proud of he was that we are even here, and just to continue working and praying and keep improving.”
It was an experience that almost did not happen. At least not so quickly. Nicole, a sophomore defender with West Virginia University, was not on the original 25-player roster named by coach Randy Waldrum for the tournament.
But following the withdrawals of Patricia George and Osinachi Ohale, combined with travel hitches for several other players, Waldrum, who did not even realise they were sisters, extended an invitation to the younger Payne.
“I was very excited to get the call-up, I’m very excited to be able to compete with the players that are here,” Nicole, 20, said.
“I never believed I would get my call-up so soon, but again, it’s a blessing to be here and be able to play with my sister.”
The siblings, who were trained by their football-coaching dad, played together growing up, but their six-year age gap meant they’d never played together on a competitive team till now.
As of 2021, Nicole Payne is not yet married and is single.
Nicole Payne’s net worth is estimated around $650, 000 (net worth estimated in 2021).
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