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Racheal Kundananji Smashes Women’s Football Transfer Record in Move to Bay FC

Racheal Kundananji Smashes Women's Football Transfer Record in Move to Bay FC
Racheal Kundananji

Zambian forward Racheal Kundananji has made history by joining Bay FC from Madrid CFF in a groundbreaking transfer deal. The move, valued at $860,000 (£685,000), sets a new world record for the highest transfer fee in women’s football, making Kundananji the most expensive player in the history of the sport.

Kundananji, known for her impressive goal-scoring prowess, has signed a four-year contract with Bay FC, marking a significant milestone for the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) expansion side.

The 23-year-old’s remarkable talent was on display during her time at Madrid, where she scored 35 goals in 46 games, including a standout performance against Barcelona. Her success extends to the international stage, having represented Zambia in the Women’s World Cup.

Bay FC’s ambitious recruitment strategy, backed by influential figures such as Staci Slaughter and Sheryl Sandberg, underscores their determination to make an impact in the NWSL. Kundananji’s arrival adds to their already formidable attacking lineup, setting the stage for an exciting season ahead.

The transfer represents a significant leap in the evolution of women’s football, with transfer fees soaring by 71% since the previous record set by Keira Walsh. As the sport continues to grow in prominence, Kundananji’s move signals a new era of investment and opportunity for female athletes globally.

Bay FC’s aggressive approach in the transfer market also includes signings such as Asisat Oshoala and Jen Beattie, further strengthening their squad for the upcoming NWSL campaign, which kicks off on March 16th.

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