Kenyan international Esse Akida has signed for Greek Women Premier League giants FC PAOK Thessaloniki.
Akida has signed a one-and-a-half-year deal with the side. PAOK are currently top of the table in the two Group league with 30 points gained from winning all their 10 matches played in the 11-team league.
“PAOK and the women’s football department announce the start of their collaboration with the athlete Esse Akida, for the 2021-2022 season” read a statement on the club’s official website.
“Born on 11/18/1992 in Kenya, Esse Akida plays mainly as a center forward but also at the ends of the attack. She has a height of 176cm and is right-footed.
Her competitive abilities are speed, high technical training, her inspiring dribbles and her calmness in front of the goal” the statement added.
Akida has had stints at Israeli side Ramat HaSharon FC,making 19 appearances and bagging 4 goals and 5 assists in the process.
In February 2020 she moved to Turkish side Besiktas and a year later left due to the suspension of the Turkish championship because of the COVID-19 pandemic, without being able to become the first Kenyan to play in the Champions League. She returned to Kenya and joined Thika Queens and helped them win the Women’s Premier League just a fortnight ago.
At the national team level, Akida has 33 appearances, scoring 15 goals and registering 9 assists.
“I am incredibly excited to become a member of PAOK’s women’s team. I had heard about the team when I was playing in Turkey. My dream is to play in the Champions League and I believe I will make it happen here” said Akida after signing for PAOK.
“I come to one of the biggest clubs on the planet. PAOK is known in the world of football and I believe that we can achieve great things as a team. I will make the dream of the Champions League come true with the Club. I know there are big names in the event but nothing is impossible. We can shock some teams”.
“I like the football culture that PAOK stands for, it is something we watch and read about often. I know that my adaptation will not be difficult because we all speak the language of football. My only goals are to help the team achieve its goals! ” she added.