With the first set of the All-Africa Games group matches settled in Congo, we now take a flight overseas to flash back on the performances of the players that could only watch their national teams win, draw or lose from afar.
Then you would realize how much Cameroon missed Gaelle Enganamouit and Gabrielle Onguene in their 1-1 draw against South Africa on Monday.
BELARUS (Premier League Women)
For a third match in a row, neither Nigeria’s Eno Umoh Uduak nor Equatorial Guinea international, Gloria Chinasa Okoro was in Bobruichanka’s matchday squad on Friday as they registered their first loss in four games, 3-1 at home against Zorka-BDU.
Okoro later told LadiesMarch that she’s been unwell for sometime now due to injury, that’s why she’s been out of action.
Bobruichanka will travel to Minsk later today (Tuesday). The hosts would be without three of their regulars, including; Onome Ebi, Cathy Bou Ndjouh and Esther Sunday who are participating in the AAG, but they still have their highest goal scorer, Uchechi Sunday, Captain, Gift Otuwe and Tawa Ishola in their ever solid squad.
ENGLAND (FA WSL)
A disappointing defeat to relegation rivals Birmingham City ladies was what Jade Boho Sayo and her Bristol Academy side had to endure, as they conceded two penalties to lose 0-3 in front of their fans and remain glued to the bottom of the league table.
Though Boho Sayo was thrown into the fray this time, unlike the weekend before, she could not save her side from back to back defeats in the hands of their visitors. As at the 27th minute, she got the best chance of the game that would have given her side a 1-0 edge but her right footed effort was saved. The Equatorial Guinea international came close to reducing a 2-0 deficit 10 minutes into the second half but it got saved yet again before she was subbed in the 80th minute.
At the Select Stadium, Arsenal Ladies did not spare Asisat Oshoala’s Liverpool Ladies FC, beating them 2-0.
Oshoala did not play but ahead of the clash, she alongside England’s Fara Williams – as Liverpool Ladies World Cup heroes – held a meet and greet session with supporters in the Family Park, where the duo posed for pictures and signed autographs.
ENGLAND (FA WPL)
Nigeria international, Ini Umotong has finally opened her goals account for this season at Portsmouth Ladies as the defending Southern Women Premier League champions continued their unbeaten start with a 5-1 home win against Coventry United at home on Sunday.
Let’s not forget she amassed 29 goals last season making her the highest goal scorer.
FINLAND (Naisten Liiga)
The regular season is over, giving way to the Championship and relegation rounds.
Cynthia Uwak played the entire duration for Åland United in their 2-1 victory at Ilves but did not add to her 18-goal haul as they kicked off their final chase for the title.
United alongside five other clubs are in the Championship round, while Raissa Feudjio’s Merilappi United is battling relegation on the other side of the divide.
Merilappi’s hope of survival is already beginning to fade after they lost 3-0 away to Nice Futis in the opening match of the four-team relegation round.
FRANCE (Feminine Division 1)
While Desire Ugochi Oparanozie can boast of a hat-trick from the weekend after inspiring the Super Falcons of Nigeria to a 5-1 victory over Congo at the AAG, her club Guingamp suffered their second loss of the season, consuming three goals and scoring none at the home of Montpellier.
Elsewhere, Cameroon defender, Marie Aurelle Awona and her Soyaux side could not leverage on their opening day win over Guingamp as they failed to tame PSG. They were beaten with two unreplied goals.
Another Cameroon international, Marlyse Bernadette Ngo Ndoumbouk scored a brace for VGA Saint-Maur but could not save them from defeat as they lost 4-2 to ASPTT ALBI on the road.
Compatriot Francine Zouga and Algeria’s Lilia Boumrar also played the entire duration of the match.
It was another nightmarish weekend for Cote d’Ivoire’s Oura Agnès Kouame as Nîmes Metropole Gard were whitewashed 9-0 by Olympique Lyon. This means they have now conceded 16 goals in just two matches without even sniffing a goal of their own.
Meanwhile, Guinea’s Fatoumata Balde came in as an 88th minute sub in La Roche-sur-Yon’s 2-0 loss away to Juvisy.
Not a pleasant weekend indeed
FRANCE (Feminine Division 2)
Relegated last season, Arras FCF began life in the second tier with a 4-0 win over Mars Bishheim in Group A.
One of the goals, a debut kind, came off the boot of Senegalese striker Mamy N’Dyaye who is a new recruit.
Yvonne Patrice Leuko Chibosso who has remained loyal to the club, played an integral part in the victory.
HUNGARY (Nöi NB I)
Two goals for Ebere Orji, one for Elizabeth Addo and four for others, Ferencváros enjoyed a 7-1 thrashing of Gyori Eto.
Both players were substituted in the 61st and 63rd minutes respectively and Addo got her side’s only yellow card in the game.
ICELAND (Úrvalsdeild Women)
South Africa international goalkeeper Roxanne Kimberly is expected in Congo soon, but at the weekend, she was in goal for Thor / KA as they lost 1-2 to league leaders Breida Blik.
RUSSIA (Supreme Division Women)
Unmarked Gabrielle Onguene scored in the 82nd minute to wrap up a well deserved 3-1 win over Zvezda Perm. The Cameroonian played all through the match while teammate Ines Nreh who hugged the headlines for the wrong reasons the weekend before, is featuring for Cote d’Ivoire at the AAG.
As stated last week, Gaelle Enganamouit can’t stop scoring. She now has eight goals in five matches after scoring one and giving an assist for the second in Eskilstuna United’s 2-0 victory over Vittsjo.
United are still at the top of the league in spite of Rosengard’s 2-1 win over KIF Orebro that featured Ogonna Chukwudi and Sarah Michael all through.
Faith Ikidi helped Pitea keep it tight at the back in their 4-1 win over AIK while Rita Chikwelu got an 88th minute caution in Umea’s 1-1 draw against Goteborg FC.
Cote d’Ivoire’s Midfielder Guehai scored the only goal for Kristianstad in their 1-0 victory over Hammarby.
They play again today (Tuesday) against KIF Orebro.
Halimatu Ayinde scored her first NWSL goal for Western New York Flash, snapping the club’s 188 minute scoreless streak.
The 6th minute strike was the opening goal of what turned out to be a five-goal thriller against Portland Thorns which Flash won 3-2 to conclude the regular season.
Both sides ended the season on 23 points.
Halimatu was substituted in the 67th minute while Ajara Nchout Njoya was an unused sub, same as Anonma Genoviva on the side of Thorns.
Play-off bound Washington Spirit lost their last game of the regular season 1-2 to Seattle Reign.
Francisca Ordega made the most shots (4), one on target but she failed to score.
Ngozi Okobi saw 6 minutes of game tie while Josephine Chukwunonye watched from the bench.
STILL IN THE US
Cowgirl, Courtney Dike was picked as one of the stars of the weekend by Oklahoma State University for her outstanding leadership in attack.
Oklahoma State took its first road trip of the 2015 season last week losing to nationally ranked teams; 3-2 to 5th-ranked Florida in overtime and 2-1 to 19th-ranked UCF.
Dike inspired the two goals against Florida, notching an assist on the first and scoring the second. In the two games, she recorded seven shots.
Elsewhere, “Samford’s Jermaine Seoposenwe is ranked #1 in the NATION in assists (8), while Malcanisha Kelley is #4 in points (14) and #5 in goals (6)” as stated on the club’s twitter account.
The South Africa international achieved the feat in Samford’s victory over the weekend.