The UEFA Women’s Champions League is back! And it’s super exciting and actions-packed for followers of the arguably the most prestigious club competition on the female club football calendar accompanied by the riotous UEFA anthem.
The African continent had it say in yesterday’s season openers; 18 players from 6 out of the 59 countries walked boldly onto the field also tussling it up for the 12 slots up for grabs to the round of 32 stage of the competition.
Nigeria and Ivory Coast contributed five players each, four players from Cameroon, Ghana saw two nationals partaking while Uganda and South Africa provided a player each.
FC MINSK 6:0 OLIMPIJA LJUBILJANA
Belarus Women’s League Champions, FC Minsk had 7 Africans, the most by any European side. Aside Ivorian’s Binta Diakite who came off the bench to add a goal to complete the 6:0 win against Slovenia’s Olimpija Ljubiljana, the remaining 6 African players started.
Nigeria’s Emueje Ogbiagbevha provided two of those goals before being subbed with nine minutes remaining for Binta Diakite. Ghana’s Faustina Ampah, Cameroon’s Alvine Njolle and Ivory Coast duo of Nadege Cisse and Nina Kpaho all saw full throttle as coach Levitski and his lasses cruised to that impressive start.
SHYMKENT WOMEN 2:1 ELPIDES KARDTSAS WOMEN
Nigeria’s Charity Ndule and Uganda’s Fazila Ikwaput saw game time for last season’s round of 16 finalists BIIK Shymkent Women in their 2:1 win against Greece side Eldides Kardstas Women.
Ugandan Ikwaput jumped off the bench to steal a 69th minute winner for the Kazakhstan side in a closely contested Group 7 encounter.
ALVADSNES WOMEN 3:2 SPORTING CP WOMEN
Former African Player of the Year, Enganamouit Gaelle scored for Norwegian side Alvadsnes Women in their 3:2 win against Portuguese side, Sporting CP Women.
GINTRA WOMEN 1:1 HONKA WOMEN
South African Smeda Leandra enjoyed the full minutes for Gintra Universitetas as the Lithuanian side fought back from behind to secure a 92nd minute equalizer.
SLAVIA PRAGUE WOMEN 7:2 BELEDIYESI WOMEN
Henriette Akaba provided one of the two consolation goals for Turkish side and Nigeria’s Esther Sunday saw full action yet couldn’t help but succumb to a heavy 7:2 defeat to the Czech Republic side.
BARCELONA FA WOMEN 2:0 SLOVAN BRATISLAVA
Coulibaly Fatou and Elloh Rebecca of Ivory Coast and Ngozi Ebere of Nigeria featured in Cypriot side Barcelona FA’s 2:0 win against Croatian Slovan Bratislava.
SUBOTICA WOMEN 1:0 KIRYAT GAT WOMEN
Ghana’s Priscilla Okyere maiden appearance in the UEFA Women’s Champions League tipped off to a flyer as her side, Spartak Subotica earned a solitary goal victory against Israeli Giants, Kiryat Gat at the capital of Montenegro.
The Serbian side seek to qualify from the group stage for the first time in the history of the competition.
The UEFA Women’s Champions League returns on Friday, August 10 – 20 more fixtures to settle on the 12 clubs to qualify for the round of 32 stage.