South Africa striker Jermaine Seoposenwe celebrated her second silverware with Sporting Braga after beating SL Benfica with a 3-2 win on penalties for the Women’s League Cup title.
Seoposenwe was in fine form throughout the duration as her side matched the Portuguese giants to force a 0-0 draw in regulation time before nicking the crown via penalty shootouts.
The South African has been immersed for Braga this season, scoring seven goals and providing five assists in all competitions, including in their latest Cup triumph.
As usual, CAFOnline.com reviews the exploits of African women, who made impacts for their respective clubs in Europe and abroad in the final week of international women’s month.
JERMAINE SEOPOSENWE (Sporting Braga)
The South Africa international won her second title in Portuguese football, having previously won the 2019/20 Portuguese Women’s Cup when they also defeated SL Benfica 3-1 in the cagey final. Despite being mathematically out of the Liga BPI title race this term, the 28-year-old will take solace in celebrating a title in her second consecutive year.
NGOZI OKOBI-OKEOGHENE (Eskilstuna United)
The Nigeria international made a goalscoring start to the new season as Eskilstuna United humiliated Hammarby 3-0 in their 2022 Damallsvenskan opener at Tele2 Arena. The 28-year-old midfielder, who had failed to find the back of the net in 2021, opened the scoring with her fine strike in the eighth minute to end her 21-match goal drought in the Swedish topflight.
ANAM IMO (Pitea)
The Nigeria striker contained from where she left off in the Swedish Cup as she was on target in Pitea’s 4-1 thrashing of Djurgardens in their Damallsvenskan opening match of the season. Cruising from her first career hat-trick, the 21-year-old scored the third goal of the match on the brink of half time to see her Swedish side go second on the table after the first ties.
SEYNABOU MBENGUE [Yzeure]
The Senegalese star was in superb form as she scored twice to inspire Yzeure to their first French Women’s Cup final in 13 years after a 2-1 win over Nantes. Mbengue only required 30 minutes into the match to grab her brace and book her second-tier side’s spot in the final in Dijon, where they will face PSG on May 15.
ROSEMONDE KOUASSI & GRACE YANGO [Fleury]
Ivorian Kouassi and Cameroonian Yango were on target in the semi-final of the French Women’s Cup for Fleury but their side surrendered a two-goal lead to crumble 4-2 against PSG. Kouassi gave Fleury the lead in the eighth minute before Yango doubled the score in the 21st minute but the resurgent visitors bounced back to stop the African duo from reaching the final.
RACHEL NACHULA [Zaragoza]
The Zambian star continued her fine form in front of the goal when she netted in Zaragoza’s 4-1 triumph over Seagull. The former Green Buffaloes woman scored the second goal of the match as she increased her tally to 10 goals in all competitions.
REBECCA ELLOH [Logrono]
The Ivorian striker was at her best yet again as she found the back of the net twice as Logrono defeated Athletic Club 2-1. With her opener cancelled by the visitors, the 27-year-old left it late to grab the winner and her brace of the match on the brink of regulation time and took her season tally to 10 goals.
MACLEANS CHINONYEREM (Gornik Leczna)
The Nigerian maintained her superb goalscoring form as she scored in her third consecutive match in the second round of the Polish topflight in Gornik Leczna’s 3-2 win over Olimpia Szczecin. With a 2-0 up, Chinonyerem grabbed her 16th goal of the season in the 63rd minute to ensure Gornia return to winning ways despite Szczecin’s late fightback.
VIVIAN IKECHUKWU [Gintra]
The Nigeria international made an impactful professional debut with an assist and goal as Gintra defeated Hegelmann 2-1 in the Lithuanian A Lyga match. The former Rivers Angels star, who featured at the TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League opened the scoring in the 23rd minute before setting up Eitvyde Partikaite for Gintra’s eventual match-winner.
FAUZIA NAJJEMBA [BIIK Kazygurt]
The Ugandan teenager made a bright start to life in Kazakhstan, scoring a goal and giving an assist on her debut in BIIK Kazygurt’s 3-0 semi-final win over Okzhetpes. The 18-year-old’s individual brilliance propelled BIIK to the Women’s Cup final and sets up a date with Tomiris Turan.
UGOCHI EMANAYO [Konak Belediyespor]
The Nigerian defender grabbed her fourth goal of the season as Konak Belediyespor pipped Sivasspor 2-0 in the Turkish topflight. The 24-year-old broke the deadlock on the brink of half time as Konak silenced their hosts to extend their unbeaten run to four matches and climbed up to fifth on the Group B table.
BASSIRA TOURE & SARATOU TRAORE [Fatih Karagumruk]
The Malian sisters were the heroines for Fatih Karagumruk as their strikes handed Hakkarigucu a 2-0 defeat. After a barren first half, Toure and Traore scored their sixth and 11th goal respectively in the 70th and 77th minute to help Fatih climb to second on the Group B table.
ROSE BELLA [Trabzonspor]
The Cameroonian added to her season tally as she helped Trabzonspor to force a 1-1 draw against Dudulluspor. Bella’s 27th minute strike did not only rescue Trabzonspor but also marked her eighth goal of the season.
GRACE MFWAMBA [ALG Spor]
The DR Congolese forward scored her second goal of the season for ALG Spor as they thrashed Kayseri Genclerbirligi 4-0. The 24-year-old came on as a substitute and scored her side’s fourth goal nine minutes from time to wrap up the away victory.
ELIZABETH ADDO [Besiktas]
The Ghanaian broke her dock in Turkish football as she scored in Besiktas’ 6-0 humiliation of Kirecburnu. With 2-0 up, the substitute scored the third goal for Besiktas in the 58th minute as they retained their two-point lead at the top of Group A.
DEBORAH NGALULA [Antalyaspor]
The DR Congolese increased her season tally with a brace as Antalyaspor bashed Altay 6-0 to go fifth on the Group A table. The 19-year-old striker netted her fifth and sixth goal of the season with the second and last goal of the match for the hosts.
UCHENNA KANU [Tigres UANL]
The Nigeria international continued her impressive scoring form as she bagged a brace in Tigres 6-0 win over Atletico San Luis. The 24-year-old, who is the first African born to play in the Mexican Liga MX has scored seven goals so far this season.
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