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EXCLUSIVE | Football never stopped my education – Ajibade

Super Falcons star, Rasheedat Ajibade, who has a degree in Sports Psychology, revealed how she went out of her schedule to study and graduate with a degree, while also playing for Spanish side, Atletico Madrid Femenino.

In an exclusive interview with ABZ’s Boluwatitonisola Omoniyi, via the Asisat Oshoala Foundation, Rashidat spoke about her education, her growth, and her adaptation to life in Spain.

She said: “it is by God’s grace. You need discipline and you have to be focused, train hard. Everything is still God’s grace because I know where I came from and all, and to represent my country in underage football and the national team, it’s hard work and God’s grace.”

The 21-year-old forward has a degree in Sports Psychology from the Barca Innovation Hub, and when asked how difficult it was for her to study while playing active football, she said it was down to determination.

She continued: “I made up my mind to do it, and it was a little easy because I was studying from home due to the pandemic. In the end, I finished and I thank God. I want to do more, get into certificates…”

When asked how she’s coping with the food in Spain, she laughed and said there is no problem with food. She said: “…I grew up in Mushin, and my coach back in FC Robo, coach Osahon used to tell us to learn to adapt. Learn to eat anything anywhere because you don’t know where you will find yourself tomorrow.

Rasheedat left FC Robo for Norwegian side Avaldnes IL in 2018. Two years later, she left the club for Spanish club side, Atletico de Madrid Femenino. Rasheedat Ajibade won the most valuable player at the 2017 edition of the Asisat Oshoala Foundation Football4Girls and she went on to represent Nigeria twice at the U-17 and U-20.

She was named in the WAFU team that finished third in 2018, and she was named in the title-winning Nations Cup team later that year. Ajibade was named in Nigeria’s team that got to the second round of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019.

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