The Rio 2016 Olympics qualifiers took centre stage again at the weekend with third round, second leg matches decided across three countries, and it’s now down to four teams jostling for the continent’s two berths at the quadrennial competition.
In that regard we say ‘kudos’ to Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea and South Africa, and ‘better luck next time’ to Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
Anyways, while the actions were heating up here in Africa with some overseas-based players ensuring their teams survived after all, there were other African stars doing their thing in some leagues beyond the continent. And Ladiesmarch.com have got you covered.
So let’s get started!
BELARUS (Premier League Women)
There was no match in this league over the weekend.
So as was stated in the last review, 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.
Goal-hungry Uchechi Sunday still sits comfortably atop the scorers chart with 13 goals.
FINLAND (Naisten Liiga)
Here you find another African Goal machine, Cynthia Uwak of Nigeria who scored the second goal for second-placed Åland United in their 3-3 draw at home to Raissa Feudjio‘s Merilappi United. Feudjio did not feature in the encounter as she came back home to help Cameroon qualify for the final round of the Olympic qualifiers.
Uwak’s goal was her seventh in four consecutive games, and with 14 games played so far this season, she has only failed to score on three occasions. She remains top goal scorer with 18 goals.
ENGLAND (FA WSL)
African Women’s Player of the Year, Asisat Oshoala is still out injured, but her club Liverpool Ladies bounced back to form on Thursday night as they earned a 3-0 win over Doncaster Belles in the Continental Tyres Cup.
Spanish-born striker, Jade Boho-Sayo was also unavailable for her side, Bristol Academy. She was in the Equatorial Guinean squad that eliminated Nigeria from the Olympic qualifiers on Sunday. In her absence, the club made it two wins out of two in the FA WSL continental Tyres Cup with a 3-0 win over Yeovil Ladies on Friday.
She should return when they play a league game against Notts County on Wednesday.
ENGLAND (FA WPL)
It’s just two weeks to the 2015/16 FA Women’s Premier League kicks-off and Ini-Abasi Umotong will be representing the continent in Portsmouth FC Ladies who are currently warming up with pre-season friendly matches.
However their second friendly that was supposed to take place on Sunday against Swindon Town was cancelled. Hopefully their last friendly against WSL side, Chelsea Ladies would go on as planned.
Ogonna Chukwudi and Sarah Michael were both on the score sheet on August 1 as KIF Örebro defeated Kristianstad 4-2 at home. Chukwudi opened the scoring in the 27th minute while Michael wrapped things up in the 88th minute.
Cote d’Ivoire’s Ida Guehai came in as a substitute for the visiting team in the 57th minute but could not inspire her side to a come-back.
Meanwhile Nigerian striker Rita Chikwelu played the entire 90 minutes for Umea IK FF, and saw a yellow in their 1-1 draw away to Hammerby.
On Friday, Gaelle Enganamouit of Cameroon got the only goal for Eskilstuna United in their 1-1 draw against Vittsjö on the road.
She now has seven goals to her credit and is third on the scorers chart.
Nigerian defender, Faith Ikidi played all 90 minutes in Piteå’s 2-0 win over Mallbacken at home on Sunday.
Cameroon striker Nchout Njoya, Ajara was with the Indomitable Lionesses for their Olympic qualifier and hence was not in the Western New York Flash side that beat Sky Blue FC 2-1 on Saturday, but Nigerian midfielder, Halimatu Ayinde replaced one of their goalscorers, Lady Andrade, in the 68th minute of the encounter.
Earlier in the week on Wednesday, Ayinde had started her second game in a row and was substituted in the 62nd minute in Flash’s 2-0 home loss to Genoviva Anonma‘s Portland Thorns. Ajara was an unused substitute in that game.
On her part, Equatorial Guinea captain, Anonma gave an assist for Thorns’ first goal in front of the 2979 fans that were at the Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester New York on Wednesday night. The assist was the first of her NWSL and Thorns FC career. The former African Women’s Player of the Year was denied a goal before she got substituted in the 74th minute.
While Thorns were not in action at the weekend, Anonma helped her country BATTER Nigeria’s 2016 Olympic dream in BATA.
Josephine Chukwunonye made her NWSL debut for Washington Spirit in the 80th minute of their 3-1 victory over Houston Dash.
Francisca Ordega played all 90 minutes for Spirit, contributing two shots – one on target – as they remained unbeaten at home.
Portland Thorns FC, Washington Spirit and Chicago Red Stars are one match short of the 15 that have been played by other teams in the league.