The football governing bodies have taken to social media to deliver their birthday wishes to the forward as she reaches a new age
The Federation of International Football Association (Fifa) and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have celebrated with Francisca Ordega on her 27th birthday.
The striker was born in Gboko, Benue State, Nigeria and launched her professional football career with Nigeria Women’s Premier League side Bayelsa Queens in 2008.
After leaving the Yenegoa outfit, Ordega joined Rivers Angels in 2011 before she sealed her first move abroad to Russian side Rossiyanka a year later, and continued her career at Swedish club Pitea in 2013.
Ordega left Spirit in 2019 for Chinese Women’s Super League side Shanghai Shengli, inspiring them to a runners-up position last season.
She represented Nigeria at the U17 Women’s World Cup in 2010, U20 side in 2012 and featured for the senior team thrice at the Women’s World Cup and won the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations four times.
The major highlight of her career was in 2015 when she impressed at the Women’s World Cup in Canada, where she inspired Nigeria’s incredible comeback in a 3-3 draw with Sweden in Winnipeg.
The striker made her debut for the Super Falcons in 2010 and has now played 26 times for the West Africans, scoring seven times and emerged an Africa Women’s Player of the Year finalist in 2018.
Fifa and the NFF have shared heartfelt messages to the Super Falcons winger as she reaches a new age.