Super Falcons forward, Francisca Ordega, began her campaign in the Australian Women League with a win as her club, Sydney FC beat Brisbane Roar 1-0 on Friday.
Ordega played in the match as a substitute.
League leaders Sydney took the lead in the 53rd minute when Princess Ibini slotted home from Georgia Yeoman-Dale’s cross.
Four minutes later, Ordega came on for Natalie Tobin to officially become the first African to play in the W-League.
Ordega was signed on loan for the remainder of the season from parent club, Washington Spirits, by Sydney this week. She will return to the USA for the start of the 2017 NWSL season.
The 23-year-old helped Spirits to book a spot in their first National Women’s Soccer League national playoff final before also helping Nigeria to their eighth African title in Cameroon.
“I’m really pleased to be signing with a club of Sydney FC’s stature,” Ordega said.
“I’ve heard great things about Sydney FC and the Westfield W-League and I’m really excited to be in Australia for the first time. I’ve played against the Matildas and I know the quality of players Australia produce. I know it’s going to be a challenge playing in the Westfield W-League but it’s one I’m looking forward to.”
Sydney’s head coach Dan Barrett said he was excited by the qualities Francisca brings to the squad
“Francisca is an exciting player who is going to bring a lot of attacking flair and speed to our team. She will give us a huge lift as we head into the business-end of the season,” he said.