Coffee break with... Jennifer Cudjoe

First up in our Coffee break with... series is 2015 Sports Writers' Association of Ghana female footballer of the year, 2014 NJCAA player of the year, and three-time WPSL All-Star team member Jennifer Cudjoe.

Cudjoe represented Ghana twice at the Under 20 World Cup, having previously played in the Under 17 World Cup. Also known as 'Kaka', Cudjoe is currently waiting to make her debut for new team Chattanooga Lady Red Wolves, having moved from Asheville City where she spent two seasons and was named in their team of the decade.

What kind of player are you? I’m a versatile and creative player.  What's your earliest football memory? I remember playing with my sister and a few boys in our backyard. It was really fun to play with the boys and also to win a prize afterwards. 

What made you fall in love with football? Watching my sister play against older girls and bossing them around. And also seeing how happy the fans are.

What's your greatest footballing achievement? Representing my country in three World Cup competitions. That, and improving every day. 

What's been your toughest challenge in football? Being away from my family.   What's your ultimate football dream?

I want to become one of the best players in the world and help other players achieve their goals too.

What's the current situation where you are? Are you able to train or play at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Right now, things are more or less the same training wise. I get to train and work out but not play.

What are you missing most about the game? I miss playing with my teammates, working with the staff and seeing the fans smile. It's challenging not being able to play or train with anyone, I'm missing team activities. 

What's your lockdown routine like? Depending on the weather, I either work out in the morning or at night and then watch movies all night. 

What are you most looking forward to about playing again? I’m looking forward to getting to know my teammates better. I'm excited for the season to start. 


Who do you support? Chelsea and Real Madrid.

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Best game you've ever seen live? The 2019 NWSL Championship final between North Carolina Courage and Chicago Red Stars.

Best goal you've ever scored? I scored 30 seconds into the 2019 WPSL Game between Asheville City and Chattanooga Lady Red Wolves!

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