Rivers Angels central defender Margaret Etim has penned a three-year agreement with Cyprus-based club Apollon Ladies FC for an undisclosed fee, Ojbsports reports.
The 21-year-old Nigerian international who plies her trade in the Nigerian Women Premier League (NWPL) with Rivers Angels FC is set to face a new chapter of her career upon completion of a 3-year contract that will keep her with 12th time Cypriot Women League Champion Apollon Ladies until the Summer of 2024.
Speaking to the press at her unveiling at the Cypriot club, the new Apollon defender, Margeret Etim voiced out her gratitude upon becoming a part of the Cypriot Giant while setting her eyes on clinching laurels for the club.
“I’m so exited at joining Apollon, I’m glad that I’m now a part of the team,” she said.
“I have the confidence and winning spirit in me. I know my purpose of being here is to achieve set goals and also to put heads together as we walk towards lifting the cup at the end of the season,” Margaret added.
In a further conversation, Margaret expressed her love for her erstwhile club but believes it’s high time for a new challenge. ” Although I still love my former club but there is nothing I can do about it. That’s life and I need to move on.”
Speaking to Ojbsport correspondent Abdulmalik Fawwaz, Margaret Etim’s agent Abidoye Babatunde emphasised on the importance of the deal to his player’s career at both club and international level in the following words:
” Joining Apollon Ladies will take her to a greater height whereby she will need to continue from her peak in the NWPL, he said.
“The deal is also to allow her gain exposure and see how she can build herself outside Nigeria and also move fast in her football career in Europe. It is a good booster for her as she will also be playing in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.”
Margaret Etim made her debut for the Super Falcons during the epoach and eras of the now Indian Women Football team coach Thomas Dennerby and has since then been out of favour at the national team set up. Agent Abidoye Babatunde however further relayed to Ojbsport Margaret’s ambition to prover herself at her new club in order to be handed a call-up once again.
“It will also give her the opportunity to get a national call-up once again after making her debut under the tutelage of Thomas Dennerby in 2019.”
Margaret will hope to kickstart life in Europe during Apollon Ladies FC opener against Dinamo BGU in the UEFA Women’s League qualifier slated for August 18th.