Francisca Ordega: Nigerian seals China switch

Francisca Ordega
Francisca Ordega moves to China after four years at United States' National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) side Washington Spirit

Nigeria international Francisca Ordega has become the latest African to move to the Chinese Women's Super League after signing for Shanghai W.F.C.

The forward, 25, has joined the Shanghai club for the 2019 season from United States' National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) side Washington Spirit, where she made 63 appearances in a four-year spell.

Ordega's deal was announced shortly after Thembi Kgatlana and her South African compatriot Linda Motlhalo also moved to China.

She scored twice to help Nigeria win a ninth Women's Africa Cup of Nations title in December and made the final three for Caf's women's Player of the Year award for 2018.

The much-travelled and vastly-experienced Ordega previously played in Russia and Sweden before moving to Washington Spirit in March 2015.

Back in December 2016, Ordega became the first African to play in the Australian Westfield W-League when she joined Sydney FC on loan.

The former Nigeria youth international also had another loan stint at Spanish club Atletico de Madrid Femenino in 2017.

She starred as her country secured an eighth Women's Africa Cup of Nations title in 2016.

Ordega, who has represented Nigeria at all international levels, has 34 caps for the Super Falcons and also boasts experience at two Fifa Women's World Cups in 2011 and 2015.

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