Featured Image: Tommy Hughes. Ifeoma Dieke warming up for Scotland’s qualifier vs Slovenia in April ’16.
The Scottish defender Ifeoma Dieke has extended her stay with Swedish Damallsvenskan side Vittsjö GK for a sixth season, having made over 75 appearances for the club.
The 35-year old centre-back, who has spent the majority of her playing career outside of Scotland, helped Vittsjö finish in 7th place in the 2016 Damallsvenskan.
Obviously, Dieke will be hoping to be part of the Scotland squad at the Euros later this summer and will look to continue to impress in Sweden.
Team-mate Erika Nilsson reacted with delight at the news of Dieke’s contract renewal. She stated that the defender is a leading figure for the side and that it was her understanding of the game that made such an improvement to their centre of defence.
Dieke made her Scottish debut back in January 2004 in a friendly against Greece, being eligible to play for America, Nigeria or Scotland. She has gone on to win 112 caps for Scotland, as well as playing for Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics Women’s Football Tournament.
In 1999, she won a scholarship at Florida International University which saw her play for the FIU Golden Panthers. After graduating, she joined Atlanta Beat in 2003 but after the league folded, she had spells with Cypriot clubs and Swedish sides QBIK and Kristianstads DFF.
Dieke moved back to America in 2009, joining Chicago Red Stars for two years. After a spell with Boston Breakers, and a loan with Cypriot club Apollon Limassol – she joined her current club in Sweden, Vittsjö GK, for whom she captains.
Also at Vittsjö is fellow Scottish international Shannon Lynn who is also committed to the club for 2017.