Brazaville, Congo is where the party would be this weekend when the football event of the All-Africa games commences on the 6th of September, as seven teams – after Egypt withdrew – will be gunning for GOLD.
Though very few overseas-based players were able to make it home, considering the tournament is not on the FIFA Calendar, LadiesMarch.com is gearing up for the thrills and frills the competition would bring.
In the meantime, you know why we are here again, right?
Dating back to Wednesday August 26, LadiesMarch would serve you the weekly review of African Women’s players abroad. FEEL THE TRIPLE EFFECT!
BELARUS (Premier League Women)
Yet to lose a Premier League game in over a year since June 22 2014 against Zorka BDU, Minsk resounded their dominance in the past week with emphatic victories over Niva-BelCard (Wednesday) and Universitet (Sunday) amassing 17 goals and conceding none.
In their first match on Wednesday after a two-week break, they subdued visiting Niva-BelCard 11-0 with goal machine, Uchechi Sunday netting four goals and Esther Sunday grabbing one in the rout. Both players were eventually substituted but Gift Otuwe, Onome Ebi, Cathy Bou Ndjouh all played the entire duration of the game while Tawa Ishola was not even on the bench.
However in the 7-0 thrashing of Universitet on Sunday, only captain Gift Otuwe was in action.
Esther Sunday and Onome Ebi met up with the Nigeria Senior Women Team ahead of the All-Africa Games for which they travelled on Monday.
Moving to Bobruichanka, there was no Eno Umoh Uduak or Equatorial Guinea international, Gloria Chinasa Okoro on Wednesday and Sunday, but it was victory all the way for the team as they spanked Universitet 4-0 and defeated Nadezhda 2-0 on the road.
ENGLAND (FA WSL)
It was continental Tyres Cup weekend in this part of the world and with the quarter-final draw set for Tuesday, eight teams sealed their places in the knock out stage and Africa made it too.
In spite of losing their last group game 2-0 to Birmingham City ladies, Jade Boho Sayo’s Bristol Academy advanced. The Equatorial Guinea international watched the defeat from the substitutes’ bench.
Asisat Oshoala’s Liverpool Ladies FC also qualified in second place despite losing 2-0 to Manchester City.
ENGLAND (FA WPL)
Here, Portsmouth Ladies’ booked a place in the first round of the FA Women’s Premier League Cup with a tough 3-2 away victory over Keynsham Town Ladies.
Ini Umotong who was introduced into the game in the second half, made an instant impact as she almost got an assist but she could not get her name on the score sheet.
FINLAND (Naisten Liiga)
Cynthia’s got her groove back! Yes. Uwak is back in her scoring strides after failing to register a goal in two consecutive games, but her Åland United could only manage a 2-2 draw against IIves on Saturday. The Nigerian also saw yellow in the encounter as the fourth-placed side extended their winless streak to five matches (DLDLD).
Raissa Feudjio’s Merilappi United failed to hold on to their 3rd minute lead as they were eventually pinned to a 1-1 by Vasa IFK. The draw is coming after three consecutive losses.
FRANCE (Feminine Division 1)
This league kicked-off on August 30 with Nigeria’s Desire Oparanozie suffering an opening day loss with her Guingamp side. The forward got substituted in the 58th minute as her side were beaten 1-0 at home by Soyaux.
Cameroon defender, Marie Aurelle Awona played the entire duration for the winning side.
Elsewhere, a debut to forget was what Cameroon international Francine Zouga endured in the colours of VGA Saint-Maur as they were a dealt a 7-0 blow by merciless Olympique. The 27-year-old attacker also got a yellow card in the game.
Her compatriot Marlyse Bernadette Ngo Ndoumbouk was substituted in the 58th minute in the game that also featured Algeria’s Lilia Boumrar.
At the Stade de Saint-Andre-d’Ornay, home of La Roche-sur-Yon, Guinea’s Fatoumata Balde saw 69 minutes for the home team as ASPTT Albi beat them by three unreplied goals.
Cote d’Ivoire’s Oura Agnès Kouame also had a nightmare debut as Nîmes Metropole Gard swallowed seven Montpellier goals without muttering any consolation.
HUNGARY (Nöi NB I)
They scored a brace apiece the weekend before but you know what? They made it hat-tricks this time.
Surely Ebere Orji and Elizabeth Addo are making waves in the Hungarian league. Both players powered Ferencváros to a 7-2 victory over Viktória Szombathely in their second league match of the season with Orji scoring the first three and Addo adding hers afterwards.
ICELAND Úrvalsdeild Women
Tuesday will see South Africa international goalkeeper Roxanne Kimberly in between the sticks for Thor / KA as they travel to Valur. Last week Kimberly had conceded 4 in her sides 4-0 defeat at home to Stjarnan
RUSSIA: Supreme Division Women
A missed penalty and red card summarises Ines Nreh’s bad day in the office on Saturday as Rossiyanka fell 1-2 at home to Zorkiy. Cameroon’s Gabrielle Onguene was not in the Matchday squad for the match.
Gaelle Enganamouit can’t stop scoring. She now has seven goals in four matches after scoring all of Eskilstuna United goals in their 3-0 away victory over AIK. They are back to the top of the league table with two points more than Rosengard who have now draw two matches in a row.
“Good start to the week with a hat trick tonight #king #team237” is what Enganamoiut posted on her Facebook page with a picture of her celebrating.
The World Cup star did the needful within the 73 minutes she had on the pitch. She was also on target in United’s 3-1 win over KIF Orebro on Thursday. Sarah Michael was in action for Orebro but Ogonna Chukwudi wasn’t even on the bench.
Orebro would try to bounce back on Tuesday when they face Hammarby at home.
Rita Chikwelu and Faith Ikidi clashed on Wednesday last week in the game between Umea and Pitea but in the end none of them got the bragging right as both sides shared the spoils 2-2.
Both players were in action for the entire duration of the match but Umea’s Chikwelu got a yellow card.
It was Pitea featuring Faith Ikidi that held Rosengard to their second draw as the match ended two goals apiece.
Cote d’Ivoire’s Midfielder Guehai was on the losing side however, as Kristianstad lost 1-0 away to Mallbacken. She was introduced into the game on the 46th minute.
Washington Spirit did it!
A barren draw against Kansas FC on Thursday, ensured the Spirit clinched the fourth and final spot in the 2015 NWSL Playoffs.
Francisca Ordega played for 83 minutes in the match before giving way for Ngozi Okobi who got a yellow card before the end of the match. Josephine Chukwunonye was an unused substitute.
Washington Spirit played out another draw in front of a sell-out crowd 21,144 at Providence Park on Sunday night, this time, a thrilling 3-3 against Portland Thorns who could not make the playoffs.
Ordega got her second goal of the season before she was replaced by Ngozi Okobi on the 76th minute. Yet again, Chukwunonye did not see game time.
On the other side of the divide, Equatorial Guinea captain, Genoveva Anonma also watched from the bench.
Meanwhile, Saturday saw Halimatu Ayinde play 90 minutes for Western New York Flash in their 2-0 defeat by Chicago Red Stars. Ajara Nchout Njoya saw 15 minutes for Flash.