Nigeria’s Desire Oparanbozie, Japan’s Saki Kumagai, France’s Grace Geyoro, Debinha of Brazil and two others have been named Coca- coal ambassadors ahead of the Women World Cup in France.
The biggest women’s football championship in the world returns in about one month from now and to mark the one-month countdown to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, Coca-Cola has unveiled six of football’s most elite women’s players as brand ambassadors to help inspire the next generation of female athletes.
Carefully selected from various continents in the world, Europe boasts of two of such elite players with Africa, Asia, North America and South America parading one player each bringing the total number to six.
Desire Oparanozie (Nigeria) , Saki Kumagai (Japan), Grace Geyoro (France), Debinha (Brazil), Abby Dahlkemper ( USA), Sara Dabritz (Germany) make up Team Coca-Cola.
Team CocaCola is an international group of players, each of whom demonstrates an unwavering passion for football and shares a common goal with Coca-Cola: to empower women across the globe.
A series of short films put together by the brand will launch, profiling each member of Team Coca-Cola, highlighting their journey to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 and the obstacles they faced along the way.
Desire Oparanozie who has competed for Nigeria in the 2011 and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments is passionate about motivating young women to be whatever and whoever they want to be.
“Back home and around the world, I believe that when they see me play on the field, it will motivate them to be whatever they want to be in life.
To be able to represent my nation, it is a great honor and privilege”, she said.
For Sara Däbritz,a midfielder for the German national team who has been playing football since she was 5, the FIFA Women’s World Cup is a dream come true.
Defending Champions and USA Central defender Abby Dahlkemper love for football, going into the mundial cannot be any less especially after overcoming an infection that put her career at risk.
Débora Cristiane de Oliveira, known as Debinha, a forward for the Brazil national team has been persistent in the fight for gender equality in football hence her strong desire to keep representing her country thereby inspiring girls in the process.
Defensive midfielder for the French women’s national team, Grace Geyoro overcame the odds after kickstarting her career in football on a local boys club team and is excited for the future of women’s football.
Captain Saki Kumagai of Japan hopes to keep setting good examples in her leadership role for young girls everywhere, inspiring them to compete in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in the future.