Anita Asante, who was born in England, has joined Bristol City Women as a first-team coach, the club has announced.
The 37-year-old Anita Asante was a professional player for nearly two decades, playing for clubs such as Arsenal and Chelsea.
Asante retired from the Women’s Super League at the end of last season, bringing an end to her successful career earlier this year.
She has now been appointed as a first-team coach of Bristol City Women and will be assisting head coach Lauren Smith when the 2022/23 season kickstarts.
“I’m delighted to be here and have the opportunity to work with a great crop of players,” the former defender said.
“It’s a really motivated group and the staff have welcomed me in so I’m hoping I can use my knowledge and experience from my playing days in my coaching journey.
“Hopefully I can bring experience from playing at several clubs at the highest level in the women’s game but also my international career as well, as I have played in different countries for different managers and different styles of play.”
Asante is the only female Ghanaian footballer to have won the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
She was a member of the Arsenal team that won an unprecedented quadruple in 2007, winning every domestic and European trophy.
She won FA Cups and league titles in England, the United States, and Sweden. At the international level, Asante won 71 caps for England and also represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.