… grateful for fantastic 2018
Super Falcons forward, Rasheedat Ajibade has completed a two-year deal with Norwegian giants, Avaldsnes from FC Robo while expressing happiness at the successes achieved this year.
The reigning Nigeria Young Player of the Year secured a move to the Norwegian top-flight side, thus, linking up with Cameroon’s Gaelle Enganamouit
Avaldsnes secured the services of Rasheedat Ajibade from Nigeria Women Premier League side FC Robo Queens on a two-year deal in December 2018.
Ajibade was a member of the Nigeria side that won the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations in Ghana, having helped the team to a third-place finish at the 2018 WAFU Cup in Cote d’Ivoire.
Having finished ninth in the Toposerien log last season, coach Lena Tyriberget bolstered her squad with the highly rated 19-year-old versatile forward’s signing ahead of the 2018-19 season.
“When you look at her age and her merits – been central to the U20 team and at the senior national team, most recently in the Africa championship that Nigeria and Rasheedat won,” club’s coach Lena Tyriberget told Goal.com on Wednesday.
“You realize that Rasheedat is a very promising Nigerian national team player. As a player type, she is typically either 8s or 10s on the pitch.
“She is good with ball, forward-looking in the game and has good drive. She is a player for the future. We look forward to having Rasheedat with us for the next two years.”
The new league season starts in March and Ajibade will be focused on settling in her new surroundings.
Meanwhile, Ajibade expressed gratitude to God for what she calls “a fantastic year”.
According to her, participating at WAFU Cup where she scored three goals and helped Nigeria to a third place finish, to the female U20 World Cup with the Falconets in France, and then making the squad for the Africa Women’s cup of Nations (AWCON), winning it and qualifying for the Women’s World Cup in France next year; the FC Robo of Lagos forward said “It’s been a very good year for me. A fantastic year to be precise.
On winning the just concluded 11th edition of the AWCON in her debut tournament “It’s a dream come true for me,” Ajibade said. Adding that “I just hope for the best again that the subsequent ones will come my way.