SUPER FALCON The duo Asisat Oshoala and Uchenna Kanu are No. 1 in the African Women’s Power Rankings for the month of January.

It’s been a great start to the year for Nigerian women, with five of them making it into the Top 10 best female footballers on the continent.

The ranking included players plying their trades in Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Italy and France.

Oshoala returned to action after a two-month absence, having suffered a ruptured posterior cruciate ligament in her right knee against Hoffenheim in November.

The Falcons captain came back strong as she scored four goals and assisted two more in January with a hat-trick in Barcelona’s Primera Iberdrola 4-0 defeat of Real Betis on Saturday, the highlight of her performance.

On his return earlier in January, Oshoala scored in the 7-0 win over Granadilla Tenerife and assisted Lieke Martens in wins over Atlético Madrid and Sporting de Huelva.

Four goals and two assists in the month under review made her one of the top contenders for the top spot.

Meanwhile, in Mexico, Kanu was also in fine form for Tigres UANL in the Liga MX Femenil. She scored the same number of goals in January and just like her compatriot, she also netted a hat-trick in a 5-1 win over Atlas, after finding the back of the net against Deportivo Guadalajara.

Rasheedat Ajibade, who plies his trade with Atlético Madrid in Spain, was ranked fourth in the power rankings.

The striker scored twice in a 5-0 thrashing against Villarreal on January 12, picking up where she left off last year after netting a brace in a 6-1 thrashing against Real Betis .

Ranked sixth in the Power Rankings, Nigerian Sevilla winger Toni Payne. She has been in great form for the Spanish club, capping off her fine performance with a goal against Valencia in their 3-1 Primera Iberdrola win.

Payne already has four goals in 18 appearances this season – one less than his tally for the entire 2020/21 campaign.

Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie produced another classy performance for Paris FC in the French Women’s Division 1 to claim eighth place in the standings.

The Falcons goalkeeper conceded just one goal in January to help Paris FC consolidate their third position, behind only giants Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain.

It is worth mentioning Vicky López from Madrid CFF who placed seventh. The 15-year-old, who has a Spanish father and a Nigerian mother, enjoyed a remarkable start to life in Madrid’s first team.

She registered an assist as Madrid snatched a late point in the Primera Iberdrola clash with Sevilla in January.

The Top 10 is completed by South Africa and Jermaine Seoposenwe of Braga in third position, while Cameroon striker Ajara Nchout is ranked No.5. Fleury 91 defender Jeannette Yango (Cameroon) and Zambian Racheal Kundananji occupy the 9th and 10th positions respectively.

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