Saturday, February 24, 2024

‘An excellent player and an excellent person’ Jonas Eidevall pays tribute to Anita Asante

Earlier this week, Aston Villa defender Anita Asante announced her retirement at the end of the season. Neets was part of the Arsenal team that won the quadruple in 2006-07, starting both legs of the Champions League Final against Umea in 2007.

Asante also spent a good portion of her career in Sweden, where she was coached by Jonas Eidevall at one point. Anita was a guest on the Arsenal Women Arsecast last July to appraise us of the incoming coach’s qualities.

Asante will captain Villa at Meadow Park on Sunday and Eidevall had nothing but good words to say about the player as she approaches the final two games of her illustrious career.

“She is an excellent person and an excellent football player,” Jonas enthused. “She is very brave too, she went abroad when not a lot of English players were doing that to challenge herself as a player and a person.

“What struck me when I worked with her was how comfortable she was with the ball. How good she was handling pressure, she was a very, very big part of the Championship winning team we had in Sweden, I have very fond memories of Neets and working with her.

“I only worked with her for a short period in her long and amazing career, I hope she finishes off with a really good performance but a really bad result on Sunday, then I hope that she wins her last game!”

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