UWCL Qualifying Round: African players round-up


Guess who hugged the headlines on the final day of the UEFA Women’s Champions League qualifying round?

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Ebere Orji

It’s Nigeria international, EBERE ORJI who scored SEVEN goals for Hungarian club, Ferencvaros in their 11-0 whitewashing of Luxemborg’s Jeunesse Junglinster. Unfortunately that was not enough for them to progress to the Round of 32 as FC Twente finished top of Group 4 with maximum points.

However, Orji can boast of scoring the highest number of goals in a single match in the UWCL qualifying round.

In Sunday’s match, Bernadett Zagor had opened the scoring for Ferencvaros in the fourth minute before Orji was let loose, unleashing four goals in 16 minutes. Then Zagor would complete her hat-trick to wrap up the first half at 7-0.

Hapless Jeunesse Junglinster could not keep goal-hungry Orji at bay in the second half and her scoring-spree continued as she added another hat-trick to her tally before Evelin Mosdoczi who took her place in the 81st minute sealed the massive win on 90 minutes.

Ghana international, Elizabeth Addo was an unused substitute for Ferencvaros in the obviously one sided encounter.

Elsewhere, Uchechi Sunday scored yet AGAIN as Belarus’ ZFK Minsk advanced to the UWCL round of 32 with maximum points.

Uchechi Sunday in action for Minsk (Photo Credit: Uefa.com)

The former Rivers Angels striker scored the last goal – her seventh goal of the round in her side’s 3-0 defeat Vllaznia of Albania 3-0 at the Olimpijski Stadion

Midfielder Gift Otuwe captained the team and was substituted for Onome Ebi at the start of the second half while Tawa Ishola stayed on for the entire duration of the match. Esther Sunday and Cameroon’s Cathy Bou Ndjouh were unused substitutes.

Another African through to the next round is Cameroon Forward, Gabrielle Ngaska whose side Spartak Subotica of Serbia won their third game 3-0 against Osijek on Sunday to top Group 6.

Gabrielle Ngaska celebrating with her teammates (Photo Credit: Uefa.com)

Ngaska played all 90 minutes in the game, getting to shots and a yellow card.

A bad day in the market it was for four Africans playing for Lithuania’s Gintra Universitetas.

Equatorial Guinea international, Laetitia and her Ivorian teammates, Rebecca Elloh, Rita Akaffou, Ange Nguessan were all in action as Gintra bowed 4-0 to Medyk Konin.

Midfielder Akaffou got a red card towards the end of the game following a second yellow card, while forward Elloh got one yellow card.

All qualified teams are:

Group 1 – ZFK Minsk: Gift Otuwe, Uchechi Sunday, Onome Ebi, Cathy Bou Ndjouh, Esther Sunday

Group 2 – PAOK

Group 3 – Stjarnan

Group 4 – FC Twente

Group 5 – Olimpia Cluj: Christine Manie

Group 6 – Spartak Subotica: Gabrielle Ngaska, Dorine

Group 7 – Medyk Konin

Group 8 – PK-35 Vantaa

The draw for the Round of 32 for the UEFA Women’s Champions League comes up on August 20, where eight group winners from the qualifying series will join 24 teams from the 15-highest countries in Round of 32.

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