Super Falcons captain, Rita Chikwelu has been signed to Swedish club, Damallsvenskan club Kristianstad DFF on a two-year deal.
Before appending her signature to Kristianstad DFF, the 28-year-old central midfielder had spent the last six years of her career with Umea IK, and featured in the UEFA Women’s Champions League with the Norrland-based team.
And prior to her move to Umeå Energi Arena, Rita Chikwelu was in Finland for three seasons and defended the colours of FC United Pietarsaari and FC TPS Turku.
Similarly, striker Francesca Ordega has been signed to Australian side Sydney FC for the remainder of the Westfield W-League 2016/17 season.
The 23-year old forward is the first African player to play in the Westfield W-League and joins the Sky Blues on the back of winning a third Africa women’s Cup of Nations title, in front of 40,000 fans in Cameroon earlier this month. Francisca made the team of the tournament.
Speaking ahead of her first season in Australia with Sydney FC, an excited Ordega says she is pleased to be signing with a club of Sydney FC’s stature.
“I’ve heard great things about Sydney FC and the Westfield W-League and I’m really excited to be in Australia for the first time.
“I’ve played against the Matildas and I know the quality of players Australia produce. I know it’s going to be a challenge playing in the Westfield W-League but it’s one I’m looking forward to.”
Ordega has been capped 26 times for the Nigerian national team and also boasts experience at two FIFA Women’s World Cups (2011 and 2015), featuring against the Westfield Matildas in the 2015 tournament as Sky Blues teammate Kyah Simon scored twice to down the Super Falcons.
She spent the last two seasons with Washington Spirit in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in the United States of America.