Top Marksmen Ahead of 2022 CAF Women’s Champions League
Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
Goal is an important factor in deciding the outcomes of that game of football.
Chances created and converted go a long way in determining the number of goals scored and conceded during games.
In football especially sports journalism, a marksman is a football player (both men and women) who scores a lot of goals.
Ahead of the second edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League in Morocco, it is imperative to examine each team’s top marksman.
Bountou Sylla (Determine Girls)
Determine Girls of Liberia will be making its debut at the 2022 CAF Women’s Champions League.
The team was able to score two goals in two games at the West Africa Zone A (WAFU-A) Zonal Qualifiers.
Bountou Sylla scored one of the two goals with Sayee converting the other goal but Sylla converted the important goal against USPA which clinched the Zonal title for Determine Girls.
Will Bountou Sylla and her team be able to improve their two goals against the likes of ASFAR FC (Morocco), Green Buffaloes (Zambia), and Simba Queens (Tanzania)?
The answer to this question will come in the coming days.
Noha El Solh (Wadi Degla)
Wadi Degla of Egypt scored four goals at the UNAF (North Africa) Zonal Qualifiers for the 2022 CAF Women’s Champions League.
Noha El Solh amazingly scored all four goals against Affak Relizane of Algeria and Banque De L’Habitat (Tunisia) as she scored two goals each in both games.
Wadi Degla narrowly missed out on the semi-finals of the maiden edition on inferior how difference with four points in Group A, the same points as Malabo Kings of Equatorial Guinea.
A semi-final spot this year will be an improvement on last year’s feat and goals from Noha El Solh will be crucial to achieving this.
Ireen Lungu (Green Buffaloes)
Green Buffaloes of Zambia stunned holders, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies of South Africa to win COSAFA (Southern Africa) Zonal Qualifiers earlier this year.
The team scored eight goals in three games with Ireen Lungu conveying five of the goals for the Zambian Champions.
Lungu scored two goals as Green Buffaloes thrashed Young Buffaloes 4-0 and bagged a hat-trick during her side’s 0-5 triumph over Olympique de Moroni.
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The debutant will rely on her goals to scale through the hurdles of ASFAR FC, Simba Queens, and Determine Girls in Group A.
Aquino Corozane (Simba Queens)
Unfortunately, the top goal scorer at the CECAFA (East Africa) Zonal Qualifiers, Loza Abera of the Commerical Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) won’t take part in the main tournament as her side finished in third place which wasn’t enough to qualify.
Alas, Simba Queen’s top goal scorer at the Zonal Qualifiers, Aquino Corozane scored five goals, six goals short of rampaging Loza Abera.
Aquino Corozane scored the winning goal as Simba Queens edged She Corporate FC of Ugandan 1-0 in the Zonal final to clinch the title.
Another similar feat at this year’s CAF Women’s Champions League by Aquino Corozane might take Simba Queens to a podium finish on October 13.
Etim Edidiong (Bayelsa Queens)
Although Etim Edidiong is busy with the Nigerian U-17 girls (Flamingos) in India as the team prepares to face Germany in the third-place match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Bayelsa Queens star scored six goals at the West Africa Zone B (WAFU-B) Zonal Qualifiers.
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The Prosperity Girls scored 17 goals with Etim Edidiong converting six of those goals.
The team might miss her ahead of its opening game with holders, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies but with their scoring trajectories and recent 11-0 bashing of a top-flight Moroccan side, any player can score for Bayelsa Queens.
Etim Edidiong’s return to the team after the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will add more bit to the team’s attack.
Merrveille Kanjinga (TP Mazembe)
An outstanding player will always play a pivotal role in his or her team’s success story.
The same can be said about Merrveille Kanjinga as she scored four of TP Mazembe’s seven goals at the UNIFFAC (Central Africa) Zonal Qualifiers.
Her 55th-minute strike against Awa FC of Cameroon lifted her side to the semi-final of the Zonal Qualifiers.
She bagged a brace as TP Mazembe upended Cecus FC 0-4 before scoring a goal against Awa FC during her side’s 2-1 win in the final which sealed qualification for the 2022 CAF Women’s Champions League.
Andisiwe Mgcoyi and Melinda Kgadiete (Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies)
Top scorer for last year’s COSAFA (Southern Africa) Zonal Qualifiers, Melinda Kgadiete fell short of her five goals as she was able to score two goals as her team surrendered its Zonal title to Green Buffaloes.
Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies scored nine goals at the Zonal Qualifiers in three games with Melinda Kgadiete contributing two goals.
Her Banyana Banyana of South Africa teammate, Andisiwe Mgcoyi also scored two goals as both will have important roles to play if Sundowns is to retain its title.
Ghizlane Chebbak (ASFAR FC)
Fantastic captain for both club and country, Ghizlane Chebbak is improving to be an inspirational leader on and off the pitch.
After scoring two goals to lead ASFAR FC to the bronze medal at the maiden CA Women’s Champions League in Egypt last year, Chebbak improved on her form at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations on home soil.
She scored three goals and rendered some heartwarming assists in ensuring that the Atlas Lionesses earned a silver medal finish behind Champions, Banyana Banyana of South Africa which qualifies her country for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time in their history.
Can she go a step further to lead AFAR FC to the 2022 CAF Women’s Champions League title at home this year?
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