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'Sad to say goodbye' - Francisca Ordega bids tearful farewell to Washington Spirit

5:29 PM GMT+4 09/03/2019
Francisca Ordega - Nigeria
The Nigeria international who will now be playing in China has said farewell to her home club and fans in Washington

Nigeria international Francisca Ordega has said farewell to her United States; National Women's Soccer League side Washington Spirit with a heartfelt post.

Ordega is set to join her new club in China, with Goal reporting recently that she has sealed a money-spinning deal with Shanghai, ending her four seasons journey with the Spirit.

After her outing with Nigeria at the 2019 Cyprus Women's Cup this week, the 25-year-old took to her official Instagram page to say farewell to the Spirit faithful at Maryland SoccerPlex.

"I am grateful to you all! My fans, teammates, coaches at Spirit Squadron and everyone who has contributed to my success with the Washington Spirit," she wrote.

"You guys made a big difference in my life for the past four years. I would like to say that you guys are so thoughtful and caring. Really cannot find the right words to express myself better.

"I am really thankful to have such an amazing and sweet ladies as teammates. Sad to say goodbye but then I got to face the reality of life by accepting the new challenge.

"I will be rooting for you guys from the other side of the world. America, my second and adopted Home. Love you all."

The forward failed to extend her contract with the Spirit following the interest from the Chinese outfit after her exploits at the 2018 African Women's Cup of Nations in Ghana.

Ordega has been handed jersey no. 11 by the Chinese topflight side and she is expected to report at her new club in coming days.