African Footballers round up in the UEFA Women’s Champions League

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The second leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions league Round of 32 took place between Wednesday and Thursday and as usual, LadiesMarch serves you with how African players fared for their respective clubs in the world’s most prestigious club competition.

LIVERPOOL v FC BRESCIA (0-2 ON AGG)

This undoubtedly was the shock result of the round.

Liverpool and Nigerian forward ASISAT OSHOALA played all 90mins as the English side lost 1-0 on the night.

All OSHOALA could do to help her side was score a goal that was ruled out for a foul and also pick up a yellow card in the 31st minute as the Italian side beat them on the night.

BARCELONA v BIIK KAZYGURT (5-2 on agg)

Prior to this game, FC Barcelona ladies hadn’t lost a UEFA Champions League game in five matches; winning three and drawing two while BIIK Kazygurt in turn hadn’t won a champions league game in five matches, losing three and drawing two.

Nigeria’s skipper EVELYN NWABUOKU played 68 minutes for the Kazakhstan side while Nigerian U-20 forward in the 2012 edition of the World Cup CHARITY ADULE, played all of 58 minutes as BIIK Kazygurt lost 4-1 to FC Barcelona ladies.

PSG v OLYMPIA CFF (15-0 on agg)

Let’s first state this was an absolute whitewash!!

Nigerian international NGOZI EBERE who joined PSG from Rivers Angels after impressing at the World Cup was on the bench as PSG feminine beat Olympia CFF 9-0 on aggregate.

Olympia CFF and Cameroon forward, CHRISTINE MANIE who plays for the Romanian club could not help her side as she wasn’t with the squad that travelled to Paris for the game.

KIF OREBRO v PAOK (8-0 on agg)

Nigerian Internationals OGONNA CHUKWUDI and SARAH MICHAEL who plays for KIIF Orebro were both on the score sheet for their clubs before been substituted.

The 25-year-old SARAH who’s scored 37 goals in 86 matches for the Swedish side opened scoring for KIIF Orebro in the 10th minute.

Her compatriot and teammate OGONNA, who plays in midfield for KIIF Orebro, also got a goal in the 50th minute as KIFF Orebro beat PAOK 5-0 on the night.

FORTUNA HJORRING v FK MINSK (6-0 ON AGG)

This saw an astonishing number of SEVEN African players on display.

Nigerian forward CHI-CHI IGBO and Cameroon defender AUGUSTINE EJANGUE who plays for the Denmark side had the last laugh against the Nigerian quartet of ONOME EBI, GIFT OTUWE,UCHECHI SUNDAY and ESTHER SUNDAY and former Rivers Angels and Cameroon defender, CATHY BOU NDJOUH as the Belarusian side FK Minsk, were walloped 4-0 on the night.
SPARTAK SUBOTICA v WOLFSBURG (0-4 on agg)

With the first leg ending goalless, two-time UEFA champions league winners Wolfsburg, had to win and they did that in empathic fashion.

Spartak Subotica who had two African players in their side, Cameroon’s GABRIELLE NGASKA and ANETTE MESSOMO each played 90 minutes for the Serbian side but they lost 4-0 to a dominant Wolfsburg side.

There are 16 African players remaining in the round of 32 and after the round was over only five African players progressed to the round of 32 with their clubs.

The highest goal scorers include:

Ebere Orji 9 goals (Ferencvaros)
Jill Roord. 8 goals (FC Twente)
Uchechi Sunday 7 goals (FC Minsk)
Alekaandra Sikora 6 goals (FC medyk)
Christiane. 5 goals ( PSG)
Jasna Djokovic. 5 goals (SFK 2000)
Poliana 5 goals (Stjarnan)
Sanna Saarinen. 5 goals (PK-35 Vantaa)

The draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals will be held on the 27th of November 2015 with the first leg matches played on 23rd and 24th of March 2016 and the return fixtures to be played between the 30th and 31st of March 2016

Faithful Akpojovwo
Faithful Akpojovwo- Ladies March African Correspondent. She is the third child of a non football-loving family of seven. She got hooked on football at the age of 16 and has enjoyed the ride. She's a Freelance football journalist and a med student in her spare time. Worked as a Sports Correspondent for Cool FM/Nigeria Info FM on Ladies Match. Still does Radio. When she's not covering football and screaming Chelsea!, she's dreaming big. Of the next single soccer-star. To be specific, Dave Azpilicueta.

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