Nigeria’s Ebere Orji joins Swedish side Kalmar

Ebere Orji has signed for Elitettan's Swedish Kalmar as Linkopings free agent on a two-year contract

Ebere Orji has signed for the Swedish Elitettan Kalmar team as a Linkopings free agent on a two-year contract.

The Nigerian forward would hope to continue her excellent professional career in the European country, having closed her one-year contract with Linkopings in the 2020 Damallsvenskan season.

During her time under Olof Unogard’s supervision, Orji, who joined from Umea in February 2020, scored six goals for the Linkoping Arena team and was named Damallsvenskan Player of the Month in July.

After leaving Linkopings, the 28-year-old has teamed up with an Elitettan team for the third time following the spells on Mallbacken before helping Umea rise to the top flight in 2019 in her second season.

With Kalmar aiming for a spot at Damallsvenskan, the acquisition of the Nigerian will boost Frank Berntzen’s front line as he attempts to improve to fourth place in his final season.

Before moving to Sweden in 2017, the forward played for three years at Hungarian Ferencvaros, where she won three titles, including Noi Magyar Kupa twice and Noi NB I once.

Internationally, she participated with Nigeria in the U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2008, at the U-20 level in 2010, the senior event in 2011, and won the African Cup of Nations for Women in 2010.

Orji’s move to Kalmar means that only seven Nigerians will campaign for the respective clubs in the Swedish top flight next season.

The remaining ones are Chinaza Uchendu and Uchenna Kanu (Linkopings), Faith Michael and Anam Imo (Pitea), Ngozi Okobi and Halimatu Ayinde (Eskilstuna United), and Evelyn Ijeh of Gothenburg.

In Kalmar, Orji will hope to earn more regular playing time under Berntzen when the new Elitettan season kicks off next year.

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