Friday 23 August 2019

'Homesick' Stephanie quits French club ahead of FIFA goal result

Stephanie Roche
Stephanie Roche

Sam Griffin

FIFA goal of the year contender Stephanie Roche is moving on to new pastures after leaving her French club.

In July, the Dubliner signed for French club Albi - but last night her manager told French media she had decided to leave.

David Welferinger said: "She has benefited so much from her success, inevitably, she has had other offers from richer clubs. This is normal, we're not going to hold her back."

French reports said Roche was "homesick" and struggled with the language barrier.

The Dubliner will find out on Monday if she has beaten international stars Robin van Persie and James Rodriguez to land the FIFA Puskas award for the goal she scored for Peamount United against Wexford Youths.

Roche's boyfriend Dean Zambra, also a professional footballer, yesterday joked he would like to be the one picking up the award.

"I scored one against Athlone this year so I keep saying I should have been nominated ahead of her," said the Bray Wanderers player.

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