Another weekend of league actions across the globe has come and gone and it’s time for Ladies March to serve you the continental review of African women players abroad. Enjoy!
ENGLAND (FA WSL)
With scores at 1-0, Equatorial Guinea’s Jade Boho Sayo restored parity for Bristol Academy Women against Sunderland AFC Ladies to ensure the scores were level at half time. Unfortunately, the Vixens conceded 3 more goals in the second half and ended up losing 4-1 to the Black Cats. They remain bottom of the league table with just two points from nine matches.
Elsewhere in the Queensland, Nigeria’s golden girl Asisat Oshoala was one of the key players sorely missed as Liverpool Ladies suffered a second successive defeat in the Women’s Super League 1, losing 1-0 at Birmingham on Sunday. It’s no longer news that the African Women’s Player of the Year will be on the sidelines for about two months due to injury.
PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY: Ini-Abasi Umotong was on song twice as Portsmouth FC Ladies spanked Shanklin 8-1 in their first pre-season friendly. The FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division Champions begin their title defence away to Cardiff City in a replay of last season’s opener on August 16. For their next friendly, they travel to Wiltshire to face Swindon Town Ladies on August 2nd, and then welcome Women’s Super League 1 side, Chelsea, six days before their trip to Cardiff.
FINLAND (Naisten Liiga)
The actual quote is “Feed the Yak and he will score!” But I’ll say “Feed Uwak and she will score!” And that is a FACT!
Cynthia Uwak continued her scoring spree in Finland over the weekend. This time she emerged hat-trick heroine for Åland United in their 4-0 thrashing of bottom-placed Vasa IFK, to remain the league’s leading goal scorer with 17 goals in 13 games – none from the penalty spot.
19-year-old Cameroonian midfielder, Raissa Feudjio played the entire duration of Merilappi United’s 1-0 home win over TPS.
Cote d’Ivoire’s Midfielder Ida Guehai was on for 87 minutes in Kristianstad’s 3-1 win over Vittsjö at their home ground, Vilans IP. They are currently 5th on the Damallsvenskan league table.
Meanwhile Nigeria’s Rita Chikwelu played the entire 90 minutes for Umeå but could not help them avoid extending their win-less streak to five straight matches in all competitions. Umeå drew goalless away to Mallbacken.
And as a regular that she is, Faith Ikidi was in defence for Piteå in their 2-0 home victory over Linköping.
Update: Gaelle Enganamouit of Cameroon is back in her scoring strides as she grabbed all three goals for Eskilstuna United in their 3-1 home victory over Hammarby on Monday night before getting substituted after 77 minutes. Not only has she now overtaken Legendary Marta on the scorers chart with her 6 goals in ten appearances, her club has also toppled Marta’s club, Rosengard at the summit of the league standings with 24 points. Enganamouit is now one goal shy of leading scorer, Ramona Bachmann of Switzerland who plays for Rosengard.
On Tuesday, forward Sarah Michael and midfielder Ogonna Chukwudi were representing Nigeria for KIF Örebro as they beat bottom-placed AIK 1-0 at home. They remain 8th on the log.
In a tie that was all about Most Valuable Player of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Carli Lloyd causing pain to her former club, Halimatu Ayinde made her debut for Western New York Flash in their home 0-1 loss to Houston Dash. The midfielder was on for 79 minutes in which she managed two shots before defender Edmonds Kristen took her place. Meanwhile Nchout Njoya, Ajara saw only 1 minute of action. Lloyd scored the game-winning goal for Dash.
Elsewhere, half-time substitute Francesca Ordega managed one shot on goal for Washington Spirit as they held League-leading Chicago Red Stars to a 1-1 draw at the Maryland SoccerPlex. They remain unbeaten at home.
Equatorial Guinea captain, Genoveva Anonma watched from the bench for 60 minutes as her Portland Thorns FC got torn apart 3-0 by Seattle Reign FC away from home. A yellow card and an off side call summarises her 30 minutes on the pitch. The Thorns (3-6-4, 13 pts) remain in eighth position on the log and have only one win in their last 11 matches.
Courtney Dike was in action from start to finish for Oklahoma City FC in the semi-final of the Women’s Premier League Soccer (WPSL) Final Four at the University of Central Oklahoma, but did not get her name on the score sheet as her side fell 3-2 to Chicago Red Stars Reserves in spite of launching a furious late rally. Dike who joined the team following her FIFA Women’s World Cup journey with the Super Falcons of Nigeria in Canada, had scored the two goals that ensured Oklahoma City FC defeated unbeaten Knoxville Force 2-0 the weekend before, to clinch the South Regional Championship and advance to the WPSL Final Four.
The WPSL is an amateur soccer league that consists of over 70 teams across the country.
BELARUS (Premier League Women)
In this league, African players rested because their clubs did not have matches.
Nigeria’s Gift Otuwe, Esther Sunday, Onome Ebi, Tawa Ishola, Uchechi Sunday and Cameroon defender Cathy Bou Ndjouh all playing for second-placed Minsk, will have to wait until Thursday August 6th for their next game against league leaders Zorka-BDU.
On the same day, Equatorial Guinean, Gloria Chinasa Okoro and Nigerian, Eno Umoh Uduak will both strive to help Bobruichanka get a victory against Niva-BelCard away from home.
Uchechi Sunday is still the highest goal scorer with 13 goals.