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Super Falcons star Francisca Ordega joins Chinese side Shanghai WFC



Super Falcons forward Francisca Ordega has switched to the Chinese Women’s Super League after signing for Shanghai W.F.C.

The 25-year-old joined Shanghai W.F.C.from United States’ National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) side Washington Spirit.

Ordega joined Washington Spirit in 2015 from Swedish league giants Pitea IF where she played alongside Super Falcons defender Faith Ikidi.

After one season with Washington Spirit she was loaned out to Australian Westfield W-League side Sydney FC.

She became the first Nigerian player to win the league title in Australia and was shipped on loan almost immediately to Spanish side Club Atlético de Madrid Femenino where she again won the league title.

Ordega’s time at Washington Spirit has however come to end with the American outfit moving here this time permanently.

Ordega joined Super Eagles forward Odion Ighalo who moved to Chinese Super League (CSL) side Shanghai Shenhua.

The Nigerian striker made just 63 appearances in her four years at the American side.

Ordega who was nominated for the African Women’s Footballer of the Year award will join up with South African striker Thembi Kgatlana who beat her to the accolade.

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.

Also, Ordega had another loan stint at Spanish club Atletico de Madrid Femenino in 2017.

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 – 2011 and 2015.

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