It is exactly 10 days to the start of the 11th All-Africa Games which would take place in Congo Brazaville from September 4-19 and we are really excited, hope you are too.
Some overseas-based players will return to help their national teams go for GOLD and you’ll agree it’s important to keep track of their performance at their various clubs, so we are back.
LadiesMarch brings you the weekly review of African Women’s players abroad. Enjoy.
BELARUS (Premier League Women)
Like we told you last week, league action resumes on Tuesday, August 25 and Minsk with their array of African stars – Nigeria’s Gift Otuwe, Uchechi Sunday, Onome Ebi, Tawa Ishola Bola, Esther Sunday and Cameroon’s Cathy Bou Ndjouh – would welcome Niva-BelCard while Eno Umoh Uduak and Equatorial Guinea international, Gloria Chinasa Okoro’s Bobruichanka will also be home to Universitet.
ENGLAND (FA WSL)
There would have been a clash of two African stars in this league at the weekend if Asisat Oshoala were not out injured.
The BBC Women Footballer of the Year is still recuperating from her injury while her side Liverpool Ladies FC hosted Jade Boho Sayo’s Bristol Academy at the Select Security Stadium.
Equatorial Guinea’s Boho Sayo was in action for the entire duration of the game but could not help her relegation-threatened side avoid defeat in the hands of Liverpool as the hosts enjoyed a 2-0 win to stretch their unbeaten run to four games.
Ayer no pudo ser pero vamos a seguir trabajando para conseguir nuestra meta. BELIEVE? pic.twitter.com/WGbnHhBo4S
— Jade Boho Sayo (@BohoSayo) August 23, 2015
Defending Champions Liverpool Ladies are in sixth place, ten points behind league leaders Chelsea, while Bristol Academy are in eighth position (bottom), with 5 points.
ENGLAND (FA WPL)
This is where you’ll find Nigeria’s Ini-Abasi Umotong but Portsmouth’s trip to West Ham on August 23rd was postponed due to international duties. So Portsmouth Ladies’ could not execute their second away game of the season over the weekend because their manager Northeast and some of the Pompey squad was involved in the England Beach Soccer team.
A new date has yet to be set.
FINLAND (Naisten Liiga)
Cynthia Uwak was not in the match day squad for Åland United in their 2-0 defeat by TPS on the road.
They have now dropped one place to fourth with the second loss in their four-match winless streak.
For Merilappi United, the club of Cameroonian midfielder, Raissa Feudjio, the weekend offered was a third straight loss as they were beaten 3-0 by Honka away from home.
As usual, Feudjio played from start to finish. They are still 8th on the table.
HUNGARY (Női Nemzeti Bajnokság)
After scoring a whooping nine goals – including seven in a single game – to emerge highest goal scorer in the qualifying round of the UEFA Women’s Champions League, Ebere Orji took that flawless form to the Hungarian league, inspiring Ferencváros to a 5-0 victory over Astara Hungary in their first match as they commenced their title defence on a bright note.
The former Rivers Angels star, who has been on fire for the Női Nemzeti Bajnokság outfit since joining them on 18th February 2015, scored a brace and gave two assists in the win.
Here is what she posted on her Facebook page:
“What a great match to start this new season with goals I give God all the Glory.”
Ghana international Elizabeth Addo was not at all left out of the groove. Also a former Rivers Angels player, Addo scored twice in 25 minutes, before Orji got her goals. The other goal was an own goal.
The Hungarian women’s football league had started the weekend before but Ferencváros were engaged in the Champions league.
ICELAND (Úrvalsdeild Women)
Tuesday will see South Africa international goalkeeper Roxanne Kimberly in between the sticks for Thor / KA as they take on Stjarnan at home.
RUSSIA (Supreme Division Women)
There was no match here over the weekend, so Cameroon’s Gabrielle Onguene and Cote d’ Ivoire international Ines Nreh will have to wait till September 3 for their next taste of club action when fourth placed Rossiyanka welcome league leaders Zvezda Perm.
That is if they would not be with their respective national teams at the 11th All-Africa Games.
Eskilstuna were already leading 1-0 before Cameroon’s Enganamouit was given the nod in the 81st minute and she went on to put the icing on the cake seconds to the final whistle.
Cote d’Ivoire’s Midfielder Guehai saw 59 minutes of the encounter before she was substituted.
Elsewhere, Rita Chikwelu ended her seven-match goal drought with a 31st minute goal in Umeå’s 6-3 away victory over AIK.
Another Nigerian who was also on song for her club is defender Faith Ikidi. She scored her first goal of the season in Piteå’s 3-0 victory over Vittsjö.
Sarah Michael and Ogonna Chukwudi were both in action for KIF Örebro as they beat Linköping 2-1.
Chukwudi got a yellow card in the 30th minute and was substituted in the 78th minute.
Washington Spirit did not play any match at the weekend so Francisca Ordega, Josephine Chukwunonye and Ngozi Okobi will have to wait till Thursday to tackle FC Kansas City as the regular season approaches its end.
With three games left to play, Spirit are currently hanging onto fourth place and would not want to go below that. A draw or win in any of their next three games would seal a playoff berth for them.
In the meantime, Seattle Reign and Chicago Red Stars are the only teams guaranteed of a spot in the fight for the title.
Lurking directly below Washington Spirit are Portland Thorns and they MIGHT make it through if they win their next two games, but at the weekend, they lost by a lone goal to Sky Blue FC.
Equatorial Guinea captain, Genoveva Anonma, played only 11 minutes for Thorns in the match.
On Sunday, Western New York Flash played out a goalless draw with Chicago Red Stars on the road.
Qualifying for the playoffs is already a hopeless case for Ajara Nchout Njoya and Halimatu Ayinde’s Flash, but both players saw game time on Sunday. Njoya played 13 minutes while Ayinde saw 24 minutes.