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Antionette Payne - Soccer Player


I was born in Birmingham, Alabama where I started playing football when I was 5 years old. Taught and personally trained by my father, I was able to receive a scholarship to Duke University and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Political Science with a concentration in Political Economy. Though I have always had an interest in politics, my true passion remains football.

Once I graduated, I made my way to Amsterdam, Netherlands where a played 2 seasons with Ajax Amsterdam. There I was two-time winner of the league and cup. I also played the UEFA Women's Champions League in my final season. While there, I improved immensely as a player, as it was a new culture, language and style of football. Outside of sport,  I was able to find my interest in photography and social media.

I started a blog and instagram page of my portfolio varying from portrait to landscape photography. At the end of my time in the Netherlands, I decided to take the next step in my career and join Sevilla Futbol Club. I am currently in my fourth season and have recently resigned to play until 2024. Recently in the year of 2021, I have joined the Nigeria Women's National team playing in a total of 4 friendly tournaments, including the pre-qualification matches for the next Women's World Cup.






Aims & Goals

My goals as a footballer is to play at the highest level of the game, with ambitions to qualify for the Women’s World Cup in 2023, with the Nigerian National Team. Following the World Cup my goal is to qualify and play at the next Olympic games in 2024. I have aims to grow the women’s game as conditions for women in sports improve. In turn, I want to positively impact young girls who have dreams of playing a professional sport, by existing in our world of media and showing them that they can also achieve their goals and dreams. I want to use my platforms in an interactive way and show young persons of the many possibilities sport can bring. Ultimately, after I play football, I have hopes to find a career in sports, as it is my true passion and a way of connecting with people in the best way I know how.