Spain’s Liga Iberdrola side Madrid have secured the services of Chidinma Okeke from Nigeria Women’s Premier League side FC Robo Queens on a one-year deal with a 12-month extension option.
Okeke arrived in Spain on Monday after ending a productive long journey with her Lagos based childhood side. She had finished her medicals before finalizing her contract with Madrid on Friday.
The 19-year-old starred at the 2019 Women’s World Cup as she featured in four games and provided a brilliant assist to see Nigeria to the Round of 16 for the first time in 20 years in
Prior to the tournament, she had previously represented Nigeria at the U17 and U20 Women’s World Cup, including her fine form in France, where the nation crashed out of the Round of 16 in 2018.
And earlier in May, the full-back shone brightly as Nigeria claimed the 2019 Wafu Women’s Cup at the expense of hosts Cote d’Ivoire.
Having narrowly escaped relegation last season, coach Oscar Fernandez bolstered her squad with one of Africa’s promising youngster’s signing ahead of the 2019-20 season.
The Lagos-born player is the eighth signing for Madrid after the capture of Monica Hickmann, Bruna Tavares, Marie-Laure Delie, Itziar Pinillos, Claudia Blanco, Macarena Portales and Marta Turmo.
Chidinma Okeke will don the number 17 jersey for her Spanish outfit who are hoping for domestic success in the new season.
Speaking thereafter she expressed joy at completing her first professional move abroad and declared her determination to excel in Spain.
“I’m very delighted to join one of the top Spanish women’s teams – Madrid.
“It’s a dream come true to be able to play in Europe and the start of a new chapter in my professional career.
“I wish to appreciate all who have been part of my journey and also made this move possible. It is a great feeling for me and I am really excited to be here and eager to help the club to success,” she said.