New signing at Madrid CFF women’s football club of Spain, Rita Chikweulu has admitted she is in for a tough stage of her professional career abroad, as she noted that she has already seen lots of differences in The Land of The Armada, megasportsarena.com reports.
The 31-year-old Chikwelu, who scored 60 goals overall for both Umea IK and Kristianstad while in Sweden, however, expressed confidence in her ability to settle down fast and start hitting top marks with her new club, especially as she meets a Nigerian compatriot, Chidinma Okeke at the Spanish Primera Iberdrola side.
Chikwelu, who played a key role for the Nigerian female national team, Super Falcons at last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, where the team reached the knockout stage for the first time since 1999, added that she is already excited that she was able to join CFF in a six-month deal after spending a decade in Sweden.
Having earlier helped Nigeria to success at the 2016 and 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations, Chiwkwelu, who was joint-captain of the squad at last year’s AWCON in Ghana, admitted her days with the national team might be over, but she enthused that she will learn something new about the round leather game and develop further from playing actively in Spain.
Chikwelu told BBC Sport: “This is a different and competitive league, as a footballer you want to test yourself around the best players. The Spanish league is an interesting place for African players and I believe this will continue to help develop our players’ game and their profile.”