Reigning Nigeria female young player of the year, Rasheedat Ajibade has signed a two year deal with top-flight Norwegian outfit, Avaldsnes to cap off a brilliant 2018.
The Super Falcons forward who signed from FC Robo of Lagos, has been touted as the next big thing in female football in Nigeria following numerous impressive performances both in the Nigerian female league and at the different levels of the national team.
Earlier this year, with a goal short of the top scorers’ chart she lead the Nigerian team to a third place finish at the WAFU Cup in Cote D’Ivoire. She then featured for the Falconets at the U-20 World Cup in France where the also scored a couple of goals.
In November, Ajibade was selected in the final list of players who made the trip to Ghana to help the Super Falcons of Nigeria retain their AWCON title and once again, she didn’t disappoint scoring a superb goal from the bench against Zambia and also calmly dispatching her penalty against Cameroon during the shootout in the semi-final.
In all, it’s been a good year for the 19 year-old especially winning Africa’s most coveted price on her first try.
“When you look at her age and her merits – being central to the U-20 team and the national team; most recently in the AfWCON tournament that Nigeria and Rasheedat won, you realize that Rasheedat is a very promising Nigerian national team player,” her new club coach, Lena Tyriberget said on Wednesday.
“She is good with ball, forward-looking in the game and has a good drive. She is a player for the future and we look forward to having Rasheedat with us for the next two years.”
Ajibade will join up with fellow female African forward, Gaelle Enganamouit of the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon when the new league season commences in March 2019.