Gotham FC’s Ifeoma Onumonu tops women’s rankings in August
August was less hectic than usual for Africans plying their trade abroad, with the Spanish Primera Iberdrola not yet starting, while the French Women’s Division 1 has only just started.
Nonetheless, there has been notable progress for the African internationals in the US National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), with action continuing in the Damallsvenskan in Sweden as well.
With figures like Thembi Kgatlana, Rasheedat Ajibade, Asisat Oshoala and more likely to feature prominently in September, it’s likely that the rankings will be very different in a month’s time.
1. Ifeoma Onumonu, Gotham FC
It’s been a tough month for Gotham in the NWSL, losing both their coach and games, and the retirement of Carli Lloyd, but Onumonu has been their shining light.
August began with a 1-1 draw against Houston Dash thanks to his late equalizer. After a 1-0 loss to North Carolina Courage, she was on target again in a 1-1 draw with Racing Louisville.
Onumonu scored both Gotham goals in a 3-2 loss to OL Reign and the month ended with further losses against Portland Thorns and Orlando Pride.
Gotham may have fallen to seventh place in the NWSL (he thought the gap between 8th and 3rd was only four points), but Onumonu is the league’s top scorer with seven goals.
2. Ode Fulutudilu, Glasgow City
South African Fulutudilu has been on fire for Glasgow City in the SWPL Cup and is expected to play a key role for the club again in the league, as well as in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
Her month started off with a bang as she scored a brace in the Glasgow Women’s 9-0 League Cup loss. In the same tournament, she finished August as she started, scoring one goal and registering two in a 6-0 win over Hamilton.
The Banyana international continues to prove that it knows several ways to wreak havoc on the opposition’s defenses, whether through its lethal shot, its leading capacity or its incisive descents on the flanks.
3. Janine van Wyk, Glasgow City
As Fulutudilu scored goals on one side for Glasgow City throughout August, Van Wyk was instrumental in the other, with the Scottish champions firmly stating that they intended to continue as d usual this season.
The highlight of the month for South African captain Van Wyk was her formidable defensive performance in the 1-0 UEFA Women’s Champions League victory over BIIK Kazygurt.
During the League Cup pounding against Hamilton, she provided the pass that unlocked the defense, allowing Fulutudilu to set Taylor Fisher up for the opening goal.
4. Racheal Kundananji, BIIK Kazygurt
Kundananji scored a brace for Kazakhs BIIK Kazygurt in the 4-0 UEFA Women’s Champions League win over Slovan Bratislava, but the result preceded a fierce 1-0 loss to Glasgow City.
Having played for Zambia at the Olympics last month, Kundananji is being rewarded for her consistency as she retains her place in our top 10.
5. Refiloe Jane, AC Milan
As for Serie A Women action, Jane picked up where she left off last season, playing 90 minutes in midfield as AC Milan kicked off the new season with a 4 beating. -0 against Hellas Verona.
In the UEFA Women’s Champions League, however, Milan suffered a disappointing exit. After a 2-1 victory over Zurich, they lost 2-0 to Hoffenheim. Jane started both games.
6. Estelle Johnson, Gotham FC
Cameroonian Johnson has played the full 90 minutes of all of Gotham’s last five games, establishing her place at the heart of their defense despite their poor form.
One of the senior players on a squad that includes superstar striker Carli Lloyd, as well as figures like Ifeoma Onumonu and Jennifer Cudjoe, Johnson will play a key role in the transition from new head coach Scott Parkinson after taking over from Freya Coombe. .
7. Uchenna Kanu, Linköping
Kanu has been one of Africa’s brightest active players in recent months, scoring six Damallsvenskan goals so far this season for Linköping.
She was just unhappy last month that the focus was on Zambia after their exploits at the Olympics. In August, Kanu did not find the back of the net, which is why she is still not at the top of the standings.
However, Kanu nonetheless did more than enough to earn a spot in our top 10 for his stable form in Sweden.
8. Elizabeth Addo, Djurgårdens
Addo played for Djurgårdens in a 1-0 win over Växjö. A renowned signing of North Carolina Courage for the new Damallsvenskan season, Addo has been a constant presence in midfield.
She has scored one goal in 12 appearances for a team that shows gradual but some signs of improvement over the years.
Addo has an important task outside of club football as she seeks to lead Ghana to victory over fierce rivals Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
9. Linda Motlhalo, Djurgårdens
Banyana Banyana’s Motlhalo also continue to be a stable presence in the middle of the park for Djurgårdens as they look to move up the ranks in a tough league.
Motlhalo, who is still only 23, has been coping under difficult circumstances since arriving in Sweden a year and a half ago. The “Randfontein Ronaldinho” have not scored in the league this season, but continue to contribute to the cause of the team.
10. Portia Boakye, Djurgårdens
Boakye is another Ghanaian international who cut her teeth in Djurgårdens and played a major role in convincing national team captain Addo to join the club.
A prolific goalscorer with Östersunds, Boakye has scored seven goals in 20 appearances at the Damallsvenskan 2016, but has only scored once in the league since then.
It’s an element of her game that she can work on, but like her fellow African stars on the Djurgårdens squad, she continues to contribute and started the win against Växjö as her squad recovered from the loss to the team. ‘AIK.