West Ham United announced their fifth signing for the 2020/21 campaign of the Women's Super League on Friday morning.
Nor Mustafa has been described as a young talent with a bright future in Sweden. Her departure from Eskilstuna United has been known in Sweden for about a month. In the official statement, published on West Ham's website, Mustafa says:
"This is a very big move for me. I am very honoured and proud to be representing West Ham, who are such a great club with a very big history."
"I've heard a lot about the fans too, and how amazing they are. I am here to enjoy my football, learn and give the fans something to cheer about."
Matt Beard's first words
West Ham head coach Matt Beard is delighted with the latest addition to his team and:
"I am very excited by Nor's talent. We have to remember she's a young player, but she is a real presence and has all the attributes to become a top, top player."
A product of Eskilstuna's youth academy
Nor Mustafa started her career when she moved into Eskilstuna's youth academy, and later she joined their Under-19 team. Although the team didn't reach success together, Mustafa showed her abilities early on by ending up as the league’s second-highest scorer.
In an interview published in The Guardian she talked to Suzanne Wrack about getting into football from the beginning and said that her road up to here hasn't been easy:
“I was the only girl there playing with the boys. So like, I was one of the boys. To be honest, a lot of people didn’t want me to play. I had people telling me: ‘You’re a girl, you should be at home, don’t play.’ I had family members who didn’t want me to play. But I loved it. It was my passion. I was burning for football. If I went to the store to buy milk I would have a football at my feet.”