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Done Deal: Echegini Joins Juventus

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Juventus (Women) have completed the signing of highly rated Super Falcons star, Jennifer Echegini from Florida State Seminoles.

Juventus is delighted to announce the signing of Jennifer “Joe” Echegini, the latest addition to Joe Montemurro’s Juventus Women team. The 22-year-old midfielder, born in the Netherlands and raised in England, plays for the Nigeria national team and arrives at Juventus from Florida, in the United States of America. She has signed a contract until 30 June 2026, and will wear the number 26 shirt.

Echegini was a key player for the Florida State Seminoles, with whom she played over the last few seasons, gaining everyone’s attention thanks to her talent while also earning a call-up to the senior Nigeria national team, making the squad for last year’s World Cup.

There are several statistics and awards to exemplify what Echegini has achieved in the United States. Let’s start with the most recent: she was among the finalists of the MAC Hermann, the most prestigious award in US university football. In December, however, she obtained another highly valuable recognition, winning the Honda Sport Award for women’s football. She was then MVP of the ACC Tournament, “ACC Offensive Player of the Year” and named to the “United Soccer Coaches First Team All-American”. And this list could no doubt continue to grow in Italy.

She see out 2023 with 16 goals, the eighth best result ever in the history of her university, and was the first among the ranks of the Florida State Seminoles to reach double figures in goals for multiple seasons in a row since Deyna Castellanos, now the number 10 at Manchester City. She is set to now continue her growth path in black and white, with the desire to pursue and achieve the great objectives that Juventus Women have set their sights on.

Joe will take part in official club activity as soon as her move is completed.

Welcome to Juventus, Joe! We look forward to seeing you on the pitch soon!

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UEFA Conference League: Nigeria’s Abiodun Ogunniyi Scores To Inspire FK Auda 1-2 Win Over Cliftonville

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Nigeria Under-23 ace, Abiodun Ogunniyi, was pivotal and inspirational for Latvian side, FK Auda, as he came through with the much sorted after goal which inspired his team 2-0 win away from home in one of the UEFA Conference league qualifiers fixture played today against Irish side, Cliftonville.

The Nigerian wing wizard outstanding performance in the first qualifiers fixture earned him a starting place in the all important fixture against Irish top flight league giants, Cliftonville.

After it’s triumph against, B36 Tórshavn, in the first qualifiers tie, FK Auda, shifted focus to the second qualifiers tie hoping to amass winnings when they face off with Nothern Ireland side, Cliftonville in a double leg clash.

Hoping to make it to the Conference league group stage, Northern Ireland league side, Cliftonville were faced with an uphill task in its second round qualifiers fixture haven been drawn to face Latvian side, FK Auda in a double header.

First half of the keenly contested fixture lived up to its billing with the visitors, FK Auda, bossing the half and rewarded with a lead off the boot of its Nigerian wing-wizard, Abiodun Ogunniyi, who broke the deadlock at the 32nd minute.

Host, Cliftonville fought back before the half time break and leveled up at the 39th minute to end the first half on stalemate.

A tough battle for the leading goal in the second half felled to the part of the visitors, FK Auda, as they restored lead off the boot of another of its Nigerian import, Abdulrahman Taiwo, at the 77th minute, a goal which separated the two sides at full time.

On a 2-1 scoreline aggregate, Latvian side, FK Auda, will hope to finish up the work when they face Cliftonville at home in a fortnight.

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Official: Nigerian Forward Ikwuemesi Joins Belgium Pro League Club, Leuven

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Belgium Pro League club, Oud-Heverlee Leuven, have announced the signing of forward Chukwubuikem Ikwuemesi from
Serie A club, Salernitan.

The former Flying Eagles striker joined the Belgian outfit from Serie A side, Salernitan, after a year stint with the club before relegation.

After passing club routine medicals and completed paper works, the Nigerian striker has been unveiled by his new employees, arriving his arrival.

Last campaign in the Italian Serie A with Salernitan, Ikwuemesi who joined from Slovenia side NK Celje enjoyed a good run of form which made him handful for the club.

Ikwuemesi will add to the increasing numbers of Nigeria stars playing in the Belgian Pro League when the new 2024/2025 season gets underway.

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Transfer: Armenian Club FC Van Snaps Up Promising Nigerian Youngster

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Ambitious Armenian topflight league side, Football Club Van, has completed the transfer of highly rated Nigerian youngster, Izuchukwu Okonkwo, from Bulgarian club, Botev Plovdiv.

Started his football career with Nigerian based side, Izuchukwu was scouted by topmost Nigerian Super Agent, Paul Ojo Omamomo, and shipped off to Russia to continue his development with the Russian based outfit, FDC Vista, combining his football career with formal Education.

Golden Fish has no hiding place, top talented Izuchukwu enjoyed a rapid development owing to his hardwork, a rapid development which made his stood out in back to back games with Russian team, FDC Vista.

Upon his maturity, Izuchukwu Okonkwo, attracted lots of offers but inked a deal with Bulgarian giants, Botev Plovdiv to take his development to the next level.

In search of quality playing time, the sensational player has penned a year deal with  Armenian side, Football Club Van, where he will feature for the team in the 2024/2025 Armenia topflight league season.

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