After what turned out to be an eventful, record-breaking world cup – even for Africa – that climaxed with the crowning of the USA, World Champions for a third time, some women leagues resumed over the weekend and we want to focus on the African players that were in action.
ENGLAND (FA WSL)
BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year, Asisat Oshoala was a massive threat in the attack of Liverpool FC Ladies as they subdued Arsenal FC ladies 3-1 away from home at Boreham Wood Stadium on Sunday.
In spite of being a yellow card in the game, Oshoala could not be denied a goal as she crowned her spirited effort with a superb lob – her third goal for the club – seconds before getting substituted on the 89th minute.
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Equatorial Guinea’s Genoveva Anonma was in action for every minute of Portland Thorns 1-0 loss away to bottom-placed Sky Blue FC, but could only mutter two shots on goal in the game on Saturday.
While Ajara Nchout Njoya on the same day, saw 10 minutes for Western New York Flash as they lost 4-2 away to Seattle Reign FC.
The first African to score a hat-trick at a World Cup, Gaelle Enganamouit was everywhere on the pitch to help Eskilstuna United spank relegation threatened AIK 5 – 1 on Saturday.
The Cameroonian could not put her name on the score sheet but was the architect of about two goals.
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That was the second match AIK were playing in three days. On Wednesday, they had lost to Faith Ikidi‘s Piteå IF. The Nigerian, who was recently called up by interim coach Danjuma, was in action all through the match.
On Thursday, Ogonna Chukwudi and Sarah Michael were on for 90 minutes as KIF Orebro played out a 1-1 draw with Göteborg FC.
BELARUS (Premier League Women)
Super Falcon’s Esther Sunday scored a brace while veteran defender Onome Ebi scored an own goal as Minsk enjoyed a 3 – 1 victory over Nadezhda on Saturday, to maintain their second position on the league table.
Striker Uchechi Sunday and Midfielders Gift Otuwe and Tawa Ishola – all Nigerians playing for Minsk as well – got substituted at different points in the match.
Uchechi Sunday is currently the highest goal scorer in the league with 10 goals in seven matches. She is closely followed by Esther Sunday with 9 goals in 6 appearances.
Gloria Chinasa Okoro of Equatorial Guinea has four goals in 8 appearances for Bobruichanka so far this season but could not save her side from slipping down the league standings with a 3-0 defeat to League leaders, Zorka-BDU on Saturday. Nigerian, Umoh Eno Uduak was also in action for Bobruichanka.