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      Ashleigh Plumptre signs for Saudi Arabian team Al-Ittihad Ladies


      BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Ashleigh Plumptre of Leicester looks on during the Vitality Women's FA Cup Fourth Round match between Leicester City and Reading Wo at Pirelli Stadium on January 29, 2023 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)


      Nigeria international Ashleigh Plumptre is set to join the Saudi Women’s Premier League by signing with Al-Ittihad. The 25-year-old defender, who previously played for English team Leicester City, is joining the Saudi league in its second season after representing Nigeria at the Women’s World Cup.

      In a video released by Al-Ittihad Ladies, Plumptre expressed her excitement about joining the team and the opportunities it presents, both on and off the pitch. She emphasized her intention to learn and grow as both a football player and a human being in the new environment.

      Queensland , Australia - 7 August 2023; Alessia Russo of England in action against Ashleigh Plumptre of Nigeria during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Round of 16 match between England and Nigeria at Brisbane Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo By Mick O'Shea/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

      The Saudi Pro League has made headlines by attracting some of the biggest names in men’s football, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr., Sadio Mané, and the current Ballon d’Or holder, Karim Benzema. The league’s significant salaries have disrupted the football transfer market, although it has also faced criticism for Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.

      The Saudi Women’s Premier League, consisting of eight teams, is entering its second season only five years after women were first allowed to attend games in the Kingdom. Plumptre, who previously represented England at the youth international level before switching to Nigeria, has made 15 appearances for Nigeria, including four at the recent Women’s World Cup.

      In her statement, Plumptre emphasized that football is about connecting with herself and the people around her, including teammates and staff. She sees her career as a way to represent something greater than herself.

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