Rita Chikwelu

Rita Chikwelu (born 6 March 1988) is a Nigerian professional football player who plays for Swedish Damallsvenskan club Kristianstads DFF. She previously played for Umeå IK.[2] She is also a member of the Nigeria women's national football team (The Super Falcons).

Rita Chikwelu
Rita Chikwelu 2011-07-24 (4)
Personal information
Full name Rita Chikwelu
Date of birth 6 March 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Asaba, Nigeria
Height 160 cm (5 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Forward/Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 18
Youth career
Cold City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–2005 Akwa Starlets
2006–2009 FC United (28)
2010–2016 Umeå IK 140 (16)
2017– Kristianstad 50 (11)
National team
2007– Nigeria 33 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:47, 30 December 2016 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 July 2011

Club career

From 2006 to 2009 Chikwelu played in Finland for FC United. She was the top scorer of Finnish women's league Naisten Liiga in 2009 with 22 goals.[3]

Chikwelu spent seven seasons with Umeå IK from 2010 to 2016, but left upon the club's relegation and joined Kristianstads DFF on a two-year contract.[4]

International career

Chikwelu participated in the FIFA U-20 World Cup from 2004–2008 and made her senior national team debut in 2007 at the FIFA women's World Cup. She was a member of the Nigerian Olympic team which participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics in China and a member of the Nigerian squad in the 2011 FIFA women's World Cup.[5]



  1. ^ Source
  2. ^ "Rita Chikwelu profile". Umeå IK. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Naisten Liiga scorers 2006–2011". Finnish Football Association. Archived from the original on 6 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  4. ^ Fredriksson, Emelie (26 November 2016). "Rita Chikwelu klar för Kristianstads DFF" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Rita Chikwelu Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 14 October 2009.

External links

Media related to Rita Chikwelu at Wikimedia Commons

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This was the third women's world youth championship organized by FIFA, but the first with an age limit of 20. The first two events, held in Canada in 2002 and Thailand in 2004, had an age limit of 19. FIFA changed the age limit to prepare for the creation of an under-17 championship in 2008.

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