It was indeed a blissful start to the 2015/2016 UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign for ZFK Minsk as they walloped Konak Belediyespor 10-1 in their qualifying round opener on Tuesday with Nigeria international Uchechi Sunday accounting for half of their goals.
The former Rivers Angels striker who already has 14 league goals for the Belarusian club since signing for them early this year, was unstoppable throughout the encounter as she found the back of the net in the 38th, 47th, 58th, 71st and 84th minutes, and assisted three other goals.
Alongside Uchechi, also in the starting line-up for Minsk was Gift Otuwe (captain), Esther Sunday, Onome Ebi and Cathy Bou Ndjouh of Cameroon.
Sublime Esther Sunday had opened the scoring on 10 minutes before assisting one of Uchechi’s goals and the own goal Konak scored. She was then substituted on 62 minutes. At the time substitute Tawa Ishola was already in.
Ishola did not hesitate in making her own huge impact in the game, as she had her hand in two of Uchechi Sunday’s goals. In turn she got a goal to show for her efforts with an Uchechi assist.
Minsk currently top Group 1 on goal difference with 3 points and will next face
second-placed Sarajevo on Thursday.
Elsewhere, Gabrielle Ngaska played all 90 minutes for ZFK Spartak Subotica and got a yellow as they defeated Benfica 2-1.
Olimpia Cluj emerged 4-0 victors over Pärnu but there was no Christine Manie in the squad of the Romanian team.
Meanwhile Equatorial Guinea’s Laetitia, Rebecca Elloh, Rita Akaffou and Ange Nguessan all of Cote d’Ivoire played the entire duration of Gintra’s 1-0 loss to Wexford Youths.