Albion women sign Nigerian international

Ini Umotong. Picture by Stuart Butcher/BHAFC
Ini Umotong. Picture by Stuart Butcher/BHAFC

Albion women have signed Nigerian international Ini Umotong for the upcoming FA Women's Super League 2 season.

Brighton appointed Hope Powell as their new manager last week and 23-year-old Umotong joins Albion after spending just over a year with fellow FAWSL2 side Oxford. She played against the Seagulls when the two sides contested a 1-1 draw in last season’s FAWSL Spring Series.

Alvion first-team assistant manager Amy Merricks said: "Ini is a player that we have monitored for a while, and is someone we are well aware of after her spells at both Portsmouth and Oxford.

“She is a proven goalscorer and will add a new dimension to our forward options for the upcoming FAWSL 2 season.”

Umotong has made one cap for Nigeria to date and was the FAWSL 2 top scorer in 2016, scoring 13 goals in 19 appearances. She also found the net four times in seven games for the U’s in this year’s FAWSL Spring Series.

Prior to joining Oxford, the Nigerian international had a prolific spell at Portsmouth, scoring 29 goals in their 2014/15 FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division title-winning campaign.