By Dapo Sotuminu
After getting married on December 18, 2015, and waited for the fruit of the womb for five years, former Super Falcons super star and three times FIFA World Cup star, Patience Avre, has finally given birth to her first child, a baby boy, Utsoritselaju Brian Odeli, on August 3, 2020.
The former Ufoma Babes of Warri striker, nicknamed ‘clear road for jagajaga’ because of her hard tackles while falling back to defend, now 44 years old, told sportscompass.com.ng on phone from her base in America that: “We named our son Laju because God has been faithful to us and when men called me names and said it was impossible for me to have a child of my own God showed up mightily and proved he is God and Prince Laju is a testament of His power and love for us. May God be praised.
Patience Avre, who contributed immensely to the glory days of the Super Falcons after playing for the national team at Sweden 1995 where she scored her forst World Cup goal against Canada, AWC 98 where she helped Nigeria won the first edition of the African Women Nations Cup title, USA 1999 which stood out as Africa’s best outing at the women’s Mundial, Sydney 2000 Olympics Nigeria’s first ever appearance at the Olympic women’s soccer event and the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup under coach Sam Okpodu, disclosed that: “Our son name is Utsoritselaju Brian Odeli. Utsoritselaju is an Itsekiri name and my husband is an Itsekiri prince from the royal house of His Majesty Olu Erejuwa the 1st, the 15th Olu of Warri Kingdom. Brian which is my son’s middle name means noble. We named our son Laju because God has been faithful to us especially at a time when men called me names and said it was impossible for me to have a child of my own He showed up mightily and proved he is God and Prince Laju is a testament of His power and love for us. I praise God for this.
Avre, who regularly showcase her football skills in her base in America with her involvement in football activities, said she would with the support of her husband
Support their son to play soccer and as well wants him to become a medical doctor. “It might interest you to know that, we are already calling him Dr. Laju.
She noted that, Dr. Laju, will feel the air in Nigeria when the family visits their home country. There is no place like home.