Uchenna Kanu arrived at the end of 2021 and became the first African woman to play in Mexico. [@TigresFemenil/Twitter]
Tigres Femenil made official the departure of one of the most important players from their squad, Uchenna Kanu, who will leave for the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) of the United States, to join Racing Louisville FC. The Nigerian player spent a year in the Mx Women’s League, in which she managed to lift the 2022 Opening trophy with the Amazons.
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Kanu became a soccer legend in Mexico with her arrival at the end of 2021, as she was the first African player to participate in the Mexican league, as well as being the first foreigner to score a hat-trick. She participated in 38 matches between the regular tournament and the league, scoring 23 goals, the last one against Bayern Frauen for Tigres to win the Amazon Cup.
The Nigerian player becomes the most significant transfer of a foreigner to the American league, since her signing was closed at 150 thousand dollars, more than 2.5 million pesos. “Incomparable, it was a dream to have played with Tigres Femenil, to live the passion of the stands, to feel part of this family and to leave as champion. Today I announce that I am leaving to fulfill another dream, take on another sporting challenge and that my story with this team will always be in my heart”, were the words of Uchenna in the farewell video made by the team.
In the images shown you can see the great moments that the African player lived in the institution, from videos of the day of her arrival at the Volcano, her league championship with the Amazons and some of her most remembered goal celebrations. “Tigres will always be a part of me, Tigres is my family now and I will always be a fan of this club. I will always remember the support you gave me while I was here. Thank you very much for everything, Incomparable… La U, La U”, is the statement with which Uchenna Kanu dismisses the video at the University stadium.
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The Nuevo León team reiterated that it has a commitment to the players so that they can follow their dreams and that the impact of what they have done with the club is always positive. In the same way, it was announced that the American Riley Parker will be transferred to the club for the Clausura 2023, on loan from Racing Louisville FC, a team that signed her in the NWSL Draft in December last year, looking for this way to fill the gap left by the Nigerian.
He will also have a second reinforcement, the South African midfielder Noxolo Cesane, who is selected for his country and will be part of the squad for the next Women’s World Cup. Her transfer will be made definitively after the player left Reims in France.
She became champion of the Apertura 2022 and the first Amazon Cup [@TigresFemenil/Twitter]
It is the second transfer that the Amazonas make to the NWSL, after having sold Stefany Ferrer to Angel City in 2022, a transfer that ended up being paid for with cryptocurrencies and which led to the arrival of Mia Fishel, an American team player who became champion of thrashed the previous tournament.
The path for Uchenna seeking to become a professional began in 2014, participating in the Nigerian youth teams, where she was observed by the Southeastern University coach, obtaining a scholarship to begin her studies in 2016. At the collegiate level, she managed to score 157 goals until graduating from 2019, the same ones that helped him break a national record, which is why the city of Lakeland, Florida decided to dedicate November 18 as a day in his honor.
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