Nigerian striker, Rasheedat Ajibade, joins Atletico Madrid | Dailytrust

Nigerian striker, Rasheedat Ajibade, joins Atletico Madrid

Rasheedat Ajibade
Rasheedat Ajibade

Atletico Madrid have secured the services of a Super Falcons forward, Rasheedat Ajibade, from her Norwegian outfit.

She has joined the former Spanish champions Atletico Madrid on a two-year deal from her former club Avaldsnes.

Ajibade’s contract with Avaldsnes ran out in December 2020.

Her arrival at the Spanish club is her second move in Europe.

The Nigerian international had joined Avaldsnes Idrettssenter on a two-year deal from Nigerian side Robo Queens in December 2018.

She helped the club to a fifth-place finish, scoring five goals in 2019.

The 21-year-old made a name for herself in Thomas Dahle’s ladies side with eight goals from 18 games.

She also made the Toppserien Team of the Week eight times as they bagged bronze.

On her move to the Spanish side, Ajibade said she is happy and eager to hit the ground running in the coming days.

“It is a great privilege and an opportunity to be here,” Ajibade told the club website.

“I am excited to be a part of this team and I hope that together we achieve success.

“It is a great step in my career and a great challenge for me and I am ready to give it my all.

“I am a versatile, energetic and hard-working player.

“I tell the Atléticos that I’m going to do my best so that they and the team can feel proud.”

She is the second Nigerian to play for the Spanish giants after Francisca Ordega’s loan spell in 2017.

Ajibade’s arrival at Atletico Madrid increased the number of Nigerians in the Spanish top-flight to six after Eibar’s Charity Adule, Barcelona’s Asisat Oshoala, Sevilla’s Toni Payne, Madrid CFF duo Rita Chikwelu and Chidinma Okeke.