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Super Falcons star Ashleigh Plumptre joins Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad


SUPER Falcons defender Ashleigh Plumptre has completed a switch from Leicester City Women to Al-Ittihad Ladies in Saudi Arabia.

The Nigeria international and her new club confirmed the move on social media in the early hours of today.

The 25-year-old centre-back opted for the Saudi Women’s Premier League side after her contract with Leicester City expired.

“Grateful to have signed for Al-Ittihad,” Plumptre wrote on X/Twitter in reply to a video by Al-Ittihad Ladies announcing the move.

“Excited to start this journey alongside some incredible human beings. My journey of stepping into more of myself continues…It’s more than football.”

The men’s league in Saudi Arabia has recently become the new haven for global superstars, with the club’s attracting some of the world’s highest-profile players with huge contracts, including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, N’Golo Kante, Neymar and Karim Benzema, who plays for Al-Ittihad.

Plumptre spent three seasons at Women’s Super League side Leicester City and made 80 appearances for the club in all competitions.

She played for England at youth international level but switched allegiance to Nigeria, her grandfather’s country, and made her Super Falcons debut in February 2022.

The versatile defender has gone on to star for the nine-time African champions in the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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