Lewes Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of the experienced 26-year-old striker and Nigeria international Ini Umotong.
Umotong joins the Rooks after leaving Swedish side Växjö DFF having joined them in July last year. The striker played 13 games for the side in the Damallsvenskan and scored twice.
Umotong’s professional career started at Portsmouth and in 2015 she helped the side win their seventh consecutive Hampshire County Cup, while also securing the league title. She finished as the top goal scorer for Pompey, finding the net 29 times in 25 appearances across all competitions.
After leaving Portsmouth, the new Rooks striker joined Oxford United. In 2016 she was the top goal scorer in the formerly known FA Women’s Super League 2, scoring 13 goals in 19 games. Then in the 2017 WSL Spring Series, Umotong scored four times in seven games.
Before heading for Sweden, Umotong played for south coast neighbours Brighton & Hove Albion. The striker joined the Seagulls in July 2017 and finished as their top goal scorer netting 10 times in 19 games, as they finished second in the FA WSL 2. Umotong went on to make 25 appearances for Albion in the 2018/19 season across all competitions.
In the 2019/20 season, Umotong helped Brighton reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, scoring the third goal in a 3-0 win over rivals Crystal Palace.
On the international stage, Umotong scored her first goal for the Super Falcons in January 2019. This came against Romania in the Four Nations tournament third place play-off, with Nigeria coming out 4-1 winners.