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Nigerian Umotong explains termination of Vaxjo contract

The Nigerian international reacted to his departure from the Swedish club following the cancellation of his 18-month contract

Ini Umotong explained the cancellation of his contract with Swedish club Damallsvenskan, Vaxjo, citing academic reasons.

In July, Umotong signed a 18 month offer with Maria Nilsson’s side, days after ending her three years with the English Women’s Super League club Brighton.

During his first season in Sweden, she was in impressive form to help Vaxjo climb to the middle of the table, finishing four points over the drop zone, scoring three goals in 16 appearances.

Commenting on the situation, the 26-year-old, who holds a first class degree in economics 2017, revealed that his decision was due to his intention to continue his studies in England.

“I will be starting my MBA which was awarded to me on a full scholarship,” Umotong said Goal. “I will be studying part time alongside football. I needed to be based in England. Vaxjo was a great experience for me.

“I am grateful to have a part of a successful season and appreciate the confidence shown in me. I wish the players and staff the best for the future.”

After the Nigeria international has decided to cancel his contract, which was to last until 2021, his former employers wished him good luck in his future endeavors.

“Ini Abasi Umotong came to the club during the season and the idea was that she would play for Växjö DFF in 2021,” the club announced on its website. “It will no longer be so and the two parties agree to break the existing contract.

“An injured shoulder makes up for what needs to be operated on and when it is so uncertain when she can get rid of it, Ini chooses to return home to England so that she can resume her studies,” the statement continued. “We wish Ini the best of luck in her future career and say goodbye to her as usual.”

Back in England, Goal understands that Umotong is expected to join an England squad for the remainder of the season in the coming days while continuing his academic program.

She is also hoping to make a comeback to the Super Falcons under Randy Waldrum after narrowly missing the Nigerian team at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.


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