Nigeria has defeated Cameroon in the finals of 4 African Women’s Championships/African Women’s Nations Cup. Nigeria defeated Cameroon 2-0 at the National Stadium in Lagos in the first leg of the 1991 championship final and went on to defeat Cameroon 0-4 in the second leg at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.
Four goals by Perpetua Nkwocha and a further goal by Vera Okolo (one of my favourite players) ensured that Nigeria defeated Cameroon 5-0 in the final of the 2004 championship in South Africa. It was a very physical match (I felt that the Cameroonians were trying to kill the Falcons on the pitch).
Nigeria defeated Cameroon 2-0 in the final of the 2014 African Women’s Championship in Namibia.
Desire Oparanozie (freekick) and Asisat Oshoala score as the Super Falcons of Nigeria beat Cameroon to win the 2014 African Women’s Cup of Nations in Namibia.
Watch out for Gaelle Enganamouit’s amazing shot that hit the crossbar.
Nigeria also defeated Cameroon in the final of the 2016 Nations Cup in Cameroon. A single goal by Desire Oparanozie gave victory to Nigeria.
Oparanozie’s goals at the 2016 Nations Cup, including the goal against Cameroon in the final.
Oshoala vs. Enganamouit – the battle between good friends
Asisat Oshoala is the 2014, 2016 and 2017 African Women’s Player of the Year, while Gaelle Deborah Enganamouit is the 2015 African Player of the Year. Both players moved from Europe to Dalian Quanjian FC in the Chinese Women’s Super League in 2017.
Gaelle Enganamouit and Asisat Oshoala at Dalian
However, while Oshoala has been successful in China, Enganamouit did not have such an easy time there. Enganamouit suffered a season ending injury at the beginning of the 2016 season and many people believe that Cameroon rushed her back to their starting 11 when she had not totally recovered. Cameroon hosted the 2016 Nations Cup and they were determined to win the competition, so they desperately needed their star striker. Enganamouit was a shadow of herself at the competition and she did not score a single goal. She also suffered from injury worries at Dalian and had to return to Europe for the 2018 season, where she has finally regained her scoring form.
Asisat Oshoala and Gaelle Enganamouit became very good friends while they were in China and this match will see the two good friends squaring up against each other.
Asisat Oshoala imitates Enganamouit’s famous lioness pose.
(from left to right) Deadly Cameroonian winger Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene, Onome Ebi of Nigeria, Galle Enganamouit (2015 African player of the year) and Asisat Oshoala (2014, 2016 and 2017 African player of the year).
Players to watch out for
Asisat Oshoala is a three time African footballer of the year. She won the award in 2014, 2016 and 2017. She is a striker who can play on the right or centre of the attack (she played as a midfielder in her earlier years).
African Footballer of the Year 2014 (male and female), Asisat Oshoala and Yaya Toure
She was the best player and highest goal scorer at the 2014 FIFA Under 20 World Cup as Nigeria came second in the tournament. She was also the BBC Women’s Player of the Year 2015.
Asisat Oshoala obviously loves the AWCON. She was the best player and second highest goal scorer at the 2014 AWCON. She was also the highest goal scorer at the 2016 AWCON as Nigeria successfully defended its title.
Oshoala has also been successful at club level. She was the highest goal scorer in the Nigerian League in 2013. She won the English FA Cup with Arsenal in 2016. She helped Dalian to back to back titles in the Chinese Women’s Super League in the 2017 and 2018 seasons. She was also the highest goal scorer in the 2017 season as Dalian won both the league and the cup and she was the second highest goal scorer in the 2018 season.
Oshoala scored a hat trick in the Chinese League three weeks ago and she added another goal two weeks ago to show that she is in the right form for the AWCON.
Asisat Oshoala box to box. Check. Out. The. Speed.
Desire Oparanozie is Nigeria’s top 9. She’s like the female Rashidi Yekini. She was the highest goal scorer at the 2014 AWCON in Namibia. She might have been the highest goal scorer at the 2016 AWCON, but she got injured during the tournament. She came back in time to score a free kick goal against South Africa in the semi-final. She scored the only goal in the final that won Nigeria the 2016 AWCON.
Oparanozie has also scored fantastic goals for her French club Guingamp.
Desire Oparanozie’s long range goal against Paris FC has been voted the goal of the month for February by readers of international women’s football website Women’s Soccer United.
Here’s a video of the goal.
Desire Oparanozie scored twice in EA Guingamp’s 3-1 victory over Paris FC on February 17th, 2018. She bulldozed her way through the Paris defence to score Guingamp’s equaliser in the 27th minute and in the 89th minute Oparanozie scored from the centre circle to give Guingamp a 3-1 victory.
Here are highlight videos of the match.
Francisca Ordega has played in four World Cups and on four continents around the world. The Benue born winger currently plays for Washington Spirit in the US National Women’s Soccer League where she has a lot of fans (called “Franny Lovers” ).
She played for Bayelsa Queens and Rivers Angels in the Nigerian League before moving to Russia where she played for Rossiyanka. She then moved to Sweden, where she played for Pitea before finally moving to Washington Spirit in the USA.
Francisca Ordega (of Washington Spirit) scores two goals, forces the defender to score an own goal and provides the assist for the second goal.
Washington Spirit 4-3 New Jersey Sky Blue.
She went on loan to Sydney FC in Australia in December 2016, becoming the first African to play in the W-League and in October 2017 she went on loan to Atletico Madrid. Both loan moves were made in the US off season.
Ordega played for Nigeria at the 2010 Under 17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago and in the 2012 Under 20 World Cup in Japan. At senior level, she played for the Super Falcons at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, scoring against Sweden in a 3-3 draw at the 2015 World Cup.
Francisca Ordega’s hat trick at the 2012 Under 20 World Cup in Japan.
Nigeria 4-0 Italy
Ngozi Okobi’s primary role is as an attacking midfielder for the Super Falcons, but she can play in almost any role in the midfield. She is known for her long range goals, like the spectacular volley that she scored against Kenya in the last AWCON.
Ngozi Okobi played for Delta Queens in the Nigerian League before moving to Washington Spirit in 2015 (following in the footsteps of Francisca Ordega). She moved to Vitssjo in the Swedish league in 2016 before moving to Eskilstuna, also in the Swedish league this year.
Okobi played for the Flamingos at the Under 17 World Cup in 2010 and for the Falconets at the 2012 Under 20 World Cup. She also played for the Super Falcons at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
2015 Women’s World Cup. Desire Oparanozie’s own goal and goals by Francisca Ordega, Asisat Oshoala and Ngozi Okobi.
Nigeria 3-3 Sweden
Rasheedat Ajibade has been the star of the Nigerian junior national teams (the Flamingos and the Falconets) in the past few years. She played for Nigeria at the 2014 and 2016 Under 17 World Cups. She was the captain of the Flamingos at the 2016 World Cup.
She also played for Nigeria at the 2016 and 2018 Under 20 World Cups. She was the captain of the Falconets at the 2018 World Cup.
Ajibade made her debut for the Super Falcons at the WAFU Cup competition in 2017. However, Nigeria fielded a home based team at the competition.
She was the joint highest goal scorer and best player in the Nigerian League in 2017. She plays for FC Robo in Lagos.
Rasheedat Ajibade has a lot in common with her mentor, Asisat Oshoala. Oshoala also played for FC Robo and she was also a star of the Falconets team at an Under 20 World Cup.
Rasheedat Ajibade and Asisat Oshoala playing in an exhibition game between FC Robo and an all stars team.
She is the 2017 and 2018 Nigerian Freestyle Champion. Freestyle Football is a competition in which people perform tricks with a football on a stage and competitors are judged based on the difficulty of the tricks that they perform.
Rasheedat Ajibade can play on the left of the attack, the right of the attack or just behind the top striker.
The Falconets of Nigeria defeated the Basetsana of South Africa 0-2 in Polokwane via goals by Rasheedat Ajibade and Anam Imo.
(Checkout Rasheedat Ajibade’s goal [the first goal)
1)Gaelle Deborah Enganamouit
The Lioness of Cameroon, Gaelle Deborah Enganamouit was the 2015 African Women’s Player of the Year. She was also the highest goal scorer in the Swedish league in 2015. She is reputed to have scored the fastest goal in women’s football history when she scored a goal just 2 seconds into a match in the Serbian League.
Gaelle Enganamouit of Cameroon scores one of the fastest goals in women football after just 3 seconds. She was playing for Spartak Subotica against Pozarevac in the Serbian League in 2012.
She suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in the first game of the 2016 Swedish league season that ruled her out for the rest of the season.
Highest goal scorer in the Swedish League (2015)
However, Cameroon hosted the 2016 AWCON and they were desperate to get their star striker fit for the tournament. Many people believe that the Cameroonians featured her before she was back to full fitness and she was a shadow of herself. She didn’t score a single goal, but she was the perfect decoy for Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene as she always drew defenders away from Aboudi Onguene.
African Footballer of the Year 2015 (male and female), Aubameyang and Enganamouit
She moved to Dalian in the Chinese league in 2017 (Asisat Oshoala was her team mate), but she was plagued by injuries during her stay at Dalian.
Legendary number 9s, Samuel Eto’o and Gaelle Enganamouit
She moved to Norway in 2018 where she finally found her scoring form again. She scored in Cameroon’s 3-0 victory over Algeria in the group stage of this Nations Cup.
Enganamouit was one of the stars of the 2015 World Cup in Canada, scoring a hat trick in the 6-0 demolition of Ecuador. Canadians nicknamed her the “Freight Train” due to her power and pace.
Hat trick by Gaelle Enganamouit and a goal each by Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene, Christine Manie and Ngono Mani as Cameroon defeated Ecuador 6-0 at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
The lioness of Cameroon.
2)Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene
Cameroon’s superfast and deadly winger, Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene, was the best player at the 2016 AWCON as she helped Cameroon to get to the final of the competition. She also came second in the 2017 African Woman Player Of The Year awards. (She is not related to Jean Manga Onguene).
Aboudi Onguene scored Cameroon’s only goal at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Goals by Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene, Gaelle Enganamouit and Ajara Nchout gave Cameroon a 3-0 victory over Algeria in the group stage.
3) Raissa Feudjio
4) Christine Manie
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