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Meet Michelle Alozie, American-born Nigerian Footballer Who Doubles As Cancer Research Specialist

Little was known about Alozie, who also works as a cancer research technician, until the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup began.

She graduated from Yale with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and works part-time as a cancer research technician at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.


Alozie was born in Apple Valley, California, to Imo State-born Nigerian parents. She grew raised in Porterville, a community on the southern edge of the Mojave Desert, and attended Granite Hills High School.

Education and Footballer Career 

Alozie attended Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where she played football for the Yale Bulldogs. Her senior season was cut short due to a damaged anterior cruciate ligament, so she transferred as a graduate student to the University of Tennessee to continue playing with the Tennessee Volunteers.

She signed up for the 2019 NWSL College Draft. Despite the fact that she was not chosen, she did not quit up. Alozie signed a deal with BIIK Kazygurt in January 2020. She trained and played for the squad for three months before the COVID-19 outbreak caused her to return to California.

Alozie joined the Houston Dash on trial in 2021. During the 2021 Houston Dash season, she signed a national team substitute contract, then a full deal for the duration of the season in August 2021. In December 2022, she signed a two-year contract extension with the Dash.

Super Falcons Debut

Alozie made her senior debut for Nigeria on June 10, 2021, when she came off the bench in the 65th minute of a 0-1 friendly loss to Jamaica. Randy Waldrum, who previously managed the Dash, named her national team manager. She was named to Nigeria’s 23-player roster for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 on June 16, 2023.

She made her FIFA Women’s World Cup debut on July 21, 2023, in a goalless draw against Canada, which put her to the test.

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