Contributed by Nkafu Gabriel
Cameroon International female strikers Nchout Njoya Ajara and Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene have been ranked by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) as the 2019 Top 2 Best Female Footballers in Africa.
The Federation ranked Njoya Ajara as the Best female footballer in Africa and the 15th Best female footballer in the world.
Ajara has recorded enormous success this year, especially at the 2019 edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Her last second goal against New Zealand helped the indomitable lionesses qualify for the knockout stage of the competition.
That same goal against New Zealand was voted the second best goal at the 2019 FIFA Women’s world cup and she became the first African lady to have her goal nominated for the Puskas Award.
26-year-old Ajara has also been very instrumental in the ongoing Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON 2020) qualifiers, scoring 50% of Cameroon’s goals.
Ajara has also recorded a brilliant performance at her club Valerenga, scoring 15 goals to help the club qualify for the Champions League for the first time ever in their history. In all, she has scored 35 goals for her country and club this year.
The IFFHS also ranked the Captain of the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon, Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene as the second Best African Female Footballer and 23rd World Best female footballer in 2019. She scored in the 2019 World Cup and became the first player to score in back-to-back world cup. The 30-year-old Aboudi Onguene also helped her Russian club CSKA Moscow to win the domestic league.
Congratulations to the Cameroonian duo for a well-deserved win. They also made it to the list of CAF nominees for Best Female footballer in 2019.