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'A step towards 2019 Women’s World Cup' – Sophia Omidiji signs for S.B.V Excelsior

12:52 AM MYT 20/06/2017
The American-Nigerian has teamed with the Red-Blacks and is looking forward to helping the club progress over the next season

Sophia Omidiji has completed a move to Dutch topflight side S.B.V Excelsior, Rotterdam.

The 20-year-old forward left Belgian side KAA Gent to seek bigger challenges – as she targets a place in Nigeria squad for the 2019 Fifa World Cup, France.

Sophia, whose brother, Lateef Omidiji Jnr., plays for the US U-14 football team and is currently with Feyenoord, trained with the Nigeria U20 Women team enroute 2016 Fifa U-20 Women's World Cup staged in Papua New Guinea.

"It feels great to be part of women football revolution in Rotterdam and the Netherlands as a whole,'' Omidiji told Goal.

''Excelsior are a great and historic club with a rich history, amazing coaching staff and great organisation - while I know it's a challenge because it's a new team playing division 1 against established teams like Ajax, PSV and FC Twente.

''With Coach Sander Luiten - we are going to give our all for the people of Rotterdam. For me it's a step towards the 2019 World Cup in France.''