Former Captain of the Super Falcons Rita Chikwelu said she felt great rejoining her club, Kristianstads DFF after the 2019 Women’s World Cup, AOIFootball.com reports.
An elated Chikwelu told AOIFootball.com after her Kristianstads DFF side, defeated her compatriot, Osinachi Ohale’s Växjö DFF 3-1in a midweek game, that the experience of the 2019 World Cup has improved her game.
“Coming from the 2019 World Cup, the experience was good and it added positively to my game and my team also. I am so happy that I among the squad that competed with the best at the World Cup.
“We won on Wednesday and I thank God for that and we are happy that we won. Our game on Wednesday was very important to us. We needed the points. Now we are among the top six on the table and the point difference is not much so we have to keep working hard,” Chikwelu said.
The 31- year- old midfielder, who has appeared in four World Cups, said she maintains fitness through healthy lifestyle and obeying her coaches’ instructions.
“What is keeping me strong for these number of years is that I set a target and I worked towards it. I train hard, I eat healthily and I listen to my coach. Every game that I play I rewatch it and see those areas I need to improve. I try to be better. I watch other players and I learn from them.
“Last season we ended just in the league. My target this season is a Women Champions League spot by God’s grace. That is my target,” she revealed.
Chikwelu, who left her family at the age of 17 when she became a professional, said it hasn’t been easy but daily communication has been helpful.
“It was not easy staying away from my family. I left my family when I was 17 but now I am an adult. It is so difficult living alone but you have to do what you have to do. I spoke to them every day. I know it’s not enough but it’s the life of a footballer. You have to make a lot of sacrifices,” she concluded.