By Abu-Jahlil Astrid Chacha (For MCJ)
Long time unconsidered by the media and general population, women football in Africa is blowing up and gets focused by those who did not centuries ago have interest to it unless a championship was organized by the Confederation of Africa Football since 1991 each two years. The growing interest for women football in Africa led the CAF to name clearly for the first time in 2016 this championship “Women Africa Nations Football Championship”. Before it was called simply African Nations Football Cup like when African men footballer classically used to compete. This is the result of African women struggling to show their capacities worldwide. Nigeria national women football team ”super falcons” is the best women football team of Africa! They won the cup ten times out the twelve editions of the WANFC. Their supremacy fell in 2008 and 2012.
“Nzalang female”, the national women football team of Guinea Equatorial, a spanish speaking country located in central Africa in 2008 took historically the cup in Malabo beating South Africa to be classified as the second best women football team in Africa. Indeed, the Africa Continent has its female football stars respected not simply for sexy moving but for the remarkable abilities.
From Nigeria, Perpetua Okwkocha, 41 years old, friendly nicknamed “Perpe” is the Africa’s greatest professional female footballer of all the time! She is by now the former coach of Swedish club Clemensnas IF from Swedish Women Division 2. She was the captain of “Superfalcon”. She retired as player but serves sometimes as assistant coach of “Superfalcon”. She participated in seven CAF Women’s cup editions winning five of them. In 2014, she spectacularly scored four goals in the final against Cameroon making her country win the title. She scored nine overall goals and won both Most Valuable Player and Higher Goal Scorer awards that year. Her extraordinary performance convinced Swedish club to recruit her. She became the first african woman footballer who signed an impressive professional contract worth over $500,000. Swedish Club Clemennas IF granted her the good contract of coach. She won African Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2010 and 2011 by CAF. As the first african woman to be listed in FIFA XI, she took part in four FIFA Women’s World Cup as well as the Olympic Games of Sydney, Athens and Beijing. Perpe cap 32 times for “Superfalcon” and scored 28 goals. For her Swedish team Damelskvenkn, she cap 54 times and scored 32 goals. It was a great pain for Superfalcon staff to accept her retirement but she is often called back for duties. Many football specialists describe her playing talent as a mix of Austin Jay-Jay Okocha skills and Nwanko Kanu intelligence ball, two of Nigeria’s greatest football stars. She is the most decorated woman footballer in Africa and deserves to be awarded Nigeria’s highest honor for national brand promotion. These gratifications bring her financial benefits and a monthly life time pension. Perpe is a true african Ambassador. It’s a hope to see this legend being included in Africa Hall of fame for great achievers.
Nigerian Football Federation revealed to have 2,500 young girls who get license. www.sl10.ng the well informed Nigerian online sports news site listed twenty five young talents able to be the next glories of Nigeria women football.
The new best Nigeria woman footballer is Asisat Oshoala, twenty seven years old. She plays for Chinese side Dalian Quanjian F.C. in the Chinese Women’s Super League as a forward. She was named best player and was the highest goal scorer at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. She was also named best player and second top goalscorer with the Super Falcons team who won the 2014 African Women’s Championship. She is the first African women footballer to play in the British women championship with the Arsenal Ladies Club and the Liverpool Ladies club.
In the breaking news, african woman foot stars come surely from “Nzalang female“ team of Guinea Equatorial. More than two millions of people still remember how in 2012, “Nzalang female” beat South Africa in Malabo, capital of Guinea Equatorial. As sport journalist Pedro Obian Edu explained to pan-africanist tv channel Africa 24, the success of this team could be justified by the fact that all the members are good players in European clubs. The coach of “Nzalang Female”, Esteban Becked enjoyed in an interview with BBC News that Nzalang girls got true values of a team spirit, strong, efficient, know well enough between themselves. They trained and played together long years ago.
The captain of “Nzalang Female“ Genoveva Ayongman, twenty eight years old, is compared to young Brazilian football star Christiano Ronaldo even to Lionel Messi by her coach Esteban Becker. She is an intercontinental celebrity. Ayongman competes in Altetico Madrid, a spanish club in Division 1 as striker. She has been declared best Africa woman footballer in 2012! Many young girls in Guinea Equatorial identify to her and want to engage in football career. Her colleagues appreciate her leadership. “Nzalang female” started participating in the WANFC in 2006. In 2008, they won the cup, then went onto the finals against South Africa in 2010. Constantly performing, they could reach the World Women Football Championship in 2011 in Germany but unfortunately they lost the final in front of Ghana. Back to Africa, they won the WANFC. With no surprise the unparalleled “Superfalcon” in 2016 at last conquered back proudly the cup. “Nzalang female” has a wonderful luck that many women football teams in Africa don’t benefit. They carry the official title of equatoguinean women ambassador and benefit their government and the first Lady of Guinea Equatorial Constance Mangue de Obiang sponsorship. The equatoguinenan football federation can rejoice with the growing number of young women footballers obtaining their license.
Jade Boho, twenty five years old is close to Ayongman in “Zalang female” regarding the technical strategy explained by the coach. Jade, striker in Spanish club Madrid CFF is a star celebrated by the media, a reference of women African football.
The striker Gaëlle Deborah, twenty three years old plays for Chinese women super league with Dalian Quanjian F.C. She belongs to the “indomitable lionesses” the Cameroon national women football team. Elected best Africa woman footballer of 2016 by the CAF, she is seen as the female version of Cameroon foot megastar Samuel Etoo. It is important to mention that it is Clementine Toure, the coach of the african western country Côte d’ Ivoire national football women team who trained Nzalang to enter in the WANFC. May huge funds raise for all of them.