UWCL qualifying round: African players round-up

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On the opening day of the UEFA Women’s Champions League qualifying round which was August 11, Nigeria’s Uchechi Sunday stole the headlines with her five-star performance for Minsk of Belarus in their 10-1 whitewash of Konak, but after the second round of group games, played on August 13, three Ivorians and one Equatoguinean playing for Lithuania’s Gintra Universitetas have got our spotlight and here is why.

While Equatorial Guinea international, Laetitia got booked in her bid to help keep the team’s defence solid, her Cote d’ Ivoire teammates accounted for four of the team’s five goals. Forward REBECCA ELLOH scored two early goals in the 8th and 13th minutes, before midfielders, ANGE NGUESSAN and RITA AKAFFOU added one each in the second half with a Billingham own goal in between, to seal a 5-1 victory over Cardiff Met Ladies FC of Wales.

Gintra are currently third in Group 7 and would realistically need a miracle to progress.

Elsewhere, ZFK Minsk have already assured progress to the round of 32 as they claimed a second win in the qualifying round, beating Sarajevo with three unreplied goals.

UCHECHI SUNDAY scored her sixth Champions League goal but could not retain her top scorer spot. Her goal was sandwiched between Maria Buzunova and Anna Pilipenko’s goals.

GIFT OTUWE (C), ESTHER SUNDAY, CATHY BOU NDJOUH, and ONOME EBI were in action for the entire duration of the match while TAWA ISHOLA came in as a second half substitute.

In Group 4, EBERE ORJI scored in the 12th and 89th minutes for Hungarian club Ferencvaros as they overcame their opening game defeat to beat ASA Tel-Aviv 2-1 yesterday. Ghana international, ELIZABETH ADDO was also in action all through the encounter, recording an assist for one of Orji’s goals. Both players contributed 17 of the 30 shots Ferencvaros had in the game as they dominated their opponents that could only mutter five.

Meanwhile Cameroon’s Gabriellle Ngaska watched from the bench as Spartak Subotica defeated Noroc 4-1 to remain at the summit of Group 6. They are now poised for a place in the round of 32 with another victory in the final round of matches.

Christine Manie’s Olimpia Cluj grabbed their second win of the qualifiers as they beat Ekonomist 6-1 to remain top of Group 5 but yet again she was not in the matchday squad.

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