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African women in Europe: Oshoala makes scoring return

Jan 11, 2022

Asisat Oshoala wasted no time in resuming normal service for Barcelona as she found the net on her first appearance back following a spell on the sidelines with injury.

The Nigerian took to the field at the weekend as a late substitute against Tenerife in the Primera Iberdrola. She needed less than 13 minutes to make her mark as the visitors cruised to a 7-0 victory.

This was also her 12th goal in 10 league appearances and is the Spanish topflight joint-topscorer with club teammates Lieke Martens and Alexia Putellas.

Here, CAFOnline.com reviews the African women stars who got off to flying starts in 2022 in Europe, including in the Cup competitions in the past week.


The 28-year-old’s return to the bench for the weekend was a huge boost for Nigeria and Barcelona, who had missed her extraordinary scoring touch since mid-November 2021. The forward was brought on in the 76th minute for Martens, with the visitors 6-0 up and she wrapped up the big win, marking the perfect return to first-team duties just seconds from full time.


She was the heroine for Eibar as her maiden Primera Iberdrola goal of the season gave the visitors a 1-0 win at Rayo Vallecano. Following her arrival from BIIK Kazygurt last October, the Zambian was handed her fourth start and she struck late to snatch the victory and end Eibar’s seven-match winless streak.