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Falcons captain dumps relegated Swede club

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The senior national women’s team captain Rita Chikwelu has dumped  relegated Swedish club   Umea IK for  Premier Division (Damallsvenskan) side  Kristianstads DFF on a two-year deal ahead of next season.

Incidentally, Umea were demoted to   the  Swedish  women’s league second  division following their 1-1 away draw to Kristianstads on November 5.

Chikwelu, who is currently on international duty with the Super Falcons at the 2016 African Women’s Cup  of Nations in Cameroon,  joined Umea from Finnish outfit FC United in 2010.

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 The 28-year-old former Akwa Starlets midfielder, who scored  four goals for UIK in 22 appearances  last season, attracted interest from a number of clubs in Sweden, but she settled for Kristianstads.

KDFF confirmed on their official website on Monday that Chikwelu had accepted to move to Vilans IP Stadium.

“We are very pleased that we reached an agreement with Rita,” the club wrote.

“Rita has been one of Damallsvenskan’s best midfielders in recent years and has also been the captain of her  former teams.

“She has also taken over the captaincy for the Nigerian national team. There were  many clubs that showed  interest in  Rita, but she chose KDFF and  we are very happy.”

Chikwelu represented Nigeria at  China 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the Germany 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.  She was a member of the  Beijing 2008 Olympic Games squad.

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