Francisca Ordega (born 19 October 1993) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for CSKA Moscow in the Russian Women’s Football Championship
She represents Nigeria women’s national football team (Super Falcons) at both the FIFA Women’s World Cup and African Women’s Championship. She was also nominated for best female African footballer.
Early Life and Career
Born in Gboko, Benue State, Nigeria.
Ordega began her career at the youth level for Bayelsa Queens, before being promoted to the professional side in 2008 where she played at Nigerian Women’s Championship.
In 2011, she moved to Rivers Angels, one of the top clubs in Nigerian Women’s Championship.
In 2012, Ordega left Nigeria to sign with Russian champions Rossiyanka of the Russian Women’s Football Championship. In November 2012, it was announced that Ordega and Rossiyanka mutually parted ways.
In 2013, Ordega signed for Piteå IF in the Swedish Damallsvenskan. She scored her first goal on 26 May 2013 in a drawing effort against Vittsjö GIK. Between 2013 and 2015, she made 34 appearances and score 4 goals during her time in Sweden.
Ordega then moved across the North Atlantic and signed with Washington Spirit in the National Women’s Soccer League. In her first season with the Spirit, Ordega scored three goals and made two assists. She returned in 2016 to score two goals during the regular season. The Nigerian’s most memorable Spirit goal came in the NWSL Semifinal when she scored in extra time to send the Spirit to its first ever NWSL Championship.
In July 2017, Ordega suffered a knee injury that would limit her minutes for the remainder of the season. Despite the injury, she would still earn 14 appearances and scoring 4 goals.
In December 2016, Sydney FC signed Ordega on loan from Washington for the remainder of the 2016–17 W-League season. The loan made her the first African to play in the Australian W-League. Ordega would make six appearances and score once helping Sydney earn 3rd place in the league.
On 20 October 2017, Ordega joined Spanish club Atlético Madrid on a six-month loan from Washington. She made her debut on 1 November 2017 against Barcelona.
Ordega secured a one year move to Shanghai WFC.
In April 2021, Ordega signed a deal with Levante UD running until 2023, in an attempt to boost their pursuit of qualifying for Champions League football for the first time in their history. Ordega made her debut on 22 May 2021 against Madrid CFF, coming an as a substitute in the 67th minute in a 3-2 victory.
Ordega as of 2022 currently plays for Russian club side CSKA Moscow.
Ordega represented the Nigeria women’s national football team in all levels. With the under 17, she played the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and with the under 20 at 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. At senior level she played in the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments of 2011, 2015 and 2019. At the latter she opened her World Cup account by scoring Nigeria’s equalizing goal against Sweden on 8 June 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The pulsating match ended 3–3 in the opening game of Group D.
She was also part of Nigeria’s squads at the African Women’s Championship of 2010 and 2014, winning both tournaments.
In 2018, She was also a member of the Nigerian squad who won the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations in Ghana, A tournament where she had two goals and two assists and won the woman of the match award at the final game against South Africa. She was part of the Super Falcons squad that won the 2021 Turkish Women’s Cup in Antalya, Turkey in February and thereby becoming the first African team to win the invitational tournament.
Francisca Ordega is currently single and not yet married.
Francisca Ordega’s net worth as of 2022 is estimated ataround $1.4 million – $8.5 million.