Ashleigh Plumptre: Al-Ittihad players welcome Super Falcons star with beating

A perfect way to welcome Ashleigh Plumptre to Saudi Arabia. (Photo Credit: Al-Ittihad/X, Pulse Sports collage)

Ashleigh Plumptre: Al-Ittihad players welcome Super Falcons star with beating

Izuchukwu Akawor 20:57 - 15.09.2023

Nigeria's Ashleigh Plumptre swapped England for Saudi Arabia as a free agent and has been welcomed in a special manner by her new Al-Ittihad teammates.

Nigeria Super Falcons defender Ashleigh Plumptre was welcomed by her Al-Ittihad teammates in a special way. 

Plumptre joined up for her first training session following a free transfer to the Saudi Arabian side. 

The England-born defender joined the club following the expiration of her contract with English club, Leicester City Women. 

Plumptre to Al-Ittihad

The Super Falcons defender joined the Yellows who already have big names like ex-Chelsea hero N’Golo Kante and former Liverpool star Fabinho as players who had swapped England for Saudi Arabia.

Ashleigh Plumptre joined the Saudi Arabia train.
Ashleigh Plumptre joins Al-Ittihad as a free agent. (Photo Credit: Screenshot from Ittihad/X)

Plumptre, 25, proved reliable as Nigeria’s Super Falcons reached the last 16 of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, FIFAWWC, co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia. 

The defender featured from start to finish as the multiple African champions delivered a surprise performance in Australia. 

Ashleigh Plumptre signs an autograph for a kid at the park. (Photo Credit: Plumptre/X)

She helped the Falcons keep three clean sheets in four matches for the first time in Nigeria’s history at the FIFAWWC while playing her best against England before Nigeria crashed out. 

It was that performance in Australia that has now led to the move to Saudi Arabia, which she says is more than football.

Plumptre, Super Falcons left back after the game against England - Photo Credit || Imago

Al-Ittihad welcome Plumptre

After she was unveiled and presented as a new Al-Ittihad player, the England-born star trained with her new teammates for the first time.

But just before the training, she was welcomed to the team with special beating by her teammates.

Plumptre will remember her welcome at Al-Ittihad
Ashleigh Plumptre prepares for her welcome beating at Al-Ittihad. (Photo Credit: Al-Ittihad/X)

Al-Ittihad took to their socials to share pictures of the moment alongside other new signings with a simple message. 

“Welcoming Ashleigh in the manner of the ladies of the Dean,” the club posted. “A warm welcome to Ittihad’s newest member Ashleigh,” they added.

Plumptre will hope to win more hearts in Saudi Arabia
And the beatinh begins for Ashleigh Plumptre. (Photo Credit: Al-Ittihad/X)

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