Super Falcons star, Rita Chikwelu has affirmed her readiness for a new challenge in the Spanish Primera Iberdrola following her move to Madrid CFF for the rest of the season.
The Nigeria international joined Madrid CFF on Saturday after spending the last three seasons with Swedish Damallsvenskan side Kristianstads.
The 31-year-old will reunite with her compatriot Chidinma Okeke, who pitched a tent with the Madrid-based club last summer.
Chikwelu believes the Spanish league is a competitive league and declared her readiness for the challenge.
“This is a different and competitive league, as a footballer you want to test yourself around the best players,” she told BBC Sport.
“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”.
The versatile midfielder starred in Nigeria’s 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations triumph.
She was also part of the squad for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, where Nigeria reached the knockout stage for the first time since 1999.
Chikwelu, who becomes the seventh Nigerian to ply her trade in Spain after Asisat Oshoala, Osinachi Ohale, Charity Adule, Peace Efih, Chidinma Okeke, and Alice Ogebe, is expected to make her debut against Ogebe’s Real Betis on Sunday.
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