OFFICIAL: Nigeria midfielder joins Portuguese side Sporting Braga

Portuguese Liga BPI side Sporting Braga have completed the permanent signing of Nigeria midfielder Peace Efih, on a two-year deal with a 12-month extension option.

The Portuguese giants unveiled the 22-year-old, who joined from Isreali champions Maccabi Kiryat Gat on Monday afternoon, making the second Nigerian to play for Gverreiras after Chinaza Uchendu. She will don jersey number 25.

The Nigeria international finally landed in Portugal last week after parting ways with Isreali top-flight side Maccabi. At Maccabi, Efih was enterprising for the champions in the 2021-22 season, scoring 14 goals in 28 appearances and powered the club to a domestic double, retaining the diadem and Women’s Cup.

Confirming her announcement, Braga revealed via its website: “Peace Efih reinforces the senior women’s team.

“The Nigerian international, only 22 years old, is yet another attacking option for coach Gonçalo Nunes. Peace Efih arrives from Kiryat Gat (Israel) and also has stints at Zaragoza CFF (Spain), Sporting de Huelva (Spain), Edo Queens (Nigeria) and River Angels (Nigeria). 

“The forward was present in the last edition of the Women’s CAN with Nigeria, having scored a goal against Burundi. Peace Efih already works with the rest of the SC Braga squad and may be an option for next Sunday’s game against CA Ouriense.”

Before her first professional move abroad in 2019, she had enjoyed stints at Edo Queens, Rivers Angels and Bayelsa Queens in Nigeria and also starred for the Falconets at the 2019 U20 Women’s World Cup.

At international level, Efih made an impactful senior debut as she scored the second in Nigeria 4-0 triumph over Burundi at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco. She missed international friendly with the United States in September but back on the roster for the Japan friendly in October.

She becomes the seventh Super Falcons member at the 2022 WAFCON to make a transfer move following Macleans Chinonyerem, Rita Chikwelu, Gift Monday, Halimatu Ayinde, Regina Otu and Yewande Balogun.

The latest acquisition is further evidence of Joao Majearo’s determination to bring in top-quality players to realise their quest to earn a promotion to the Spanish top-flight next season.

Efih will be anxiously eager to make her Portuguese topflight debut for Braga when they turn out against CA Ouriense on Sunday.

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