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Players to watch out for


Asisat Oshoala

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

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

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


Onome Ebi

Rasheedat Ajibade

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)


Anam Imo

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