Leicester City Women Football Club

Freda Ayisi signs for Leicester City Women

Leicester City Women Football Club is delighted to confirm the signing of England Youth international striker Freda Ayisi on a year-long deal.

  • Leicester City Women sign Freda Ayisi on a one-year deal.
  • The 23-year-old represented Birmingham at Wembley Stadium in 2017 in the 2017 FA Women’s Cup Final.
  • Ayisi came through Arsenal’s Centre of Excellence before making her senior debut in 2013.

The 23-year-old arrives at Leicester City Women for the 2018/19 season leaving Birmingham City Women, having found the net twice in 10 appearances in the 2017/18 season.

Ayisi’s arrival is the fourth of the summer for Leicester City Women, who will have the benefit of the two-time FA Cup finalist’s experience at the highest level – including the UEFA Women’s Champions League – as they head into their first-ever FA Women’s Championship campaign.

Having come through the Arsenal Centre of Excellence, Ayisi made her senior debut for the Gunners in August 2013, coming off the bench in a 3-0 win over Liverpool Ladies. Her first senior strike followed two months later, netting Arsenal’s final goal in their 7-1 UEFA Women’s Champions League win over Russian side CSHVSM Kairat.

Speaking to LCWFC TV, Ayisi said: “I’m excited to have joined Leicester City Women. They had a good run last season and are set to be very competitive this year. There is a lot of ambition and drive from the club on and off the pitch, that is great to see. I’m just ready to get back on that pitch with my new team.”

Leicester City Women Manager Jonathan Morgan said: “Freda comes to us with a wealth of experience and I see her as a massive coup for us.  

“We’ve seen her quality in both training and matches and all of the coaches have been delighted with her. I feel she will be the difference for us in many games next season.”

Freda has also been capped at both England Under-17 and Under-23 level, with her most recent cap coming for the Under-23s in the Nordic Cup in April 2017.

The former Birmingham City Women striker could be in line for her Leicester City debut later this week as the Foxes kick off the 2018/19 campaign at home to Bristol City Women on Sunday 19 August.

Freda Ayisi has joined Leicester City Women signing a one-year deal