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Goal 50: Top Five African women who missed out on the list

2:14 AM SGT 14/11/19
Asisat Oshoala - Barcelona
Which of the continent's women just fell short in the Goal 50 2019? Here are five who could have made the cut...

  • Tabitha Chawinga - Jiangsu Suning

    Tabitha Chawinga (Jiangsu Suning, Malawi)

    The Malawian maintained her superb scoring form of the last four seasons this term, and enjoyed her most productive professional campaign in China to date.

    She played a vital role in Jiangsu Suning winning the Chinese Women's Super League title for the first time since 2009, and individually, the 23-year-old claimed three top scorer awards in all the competitions.

    She also retained the Chinese women's top flight top scorer gong, having registered 35 goals for Jiangsu this season.

    Despite Malawi's second-round elimination, Chawinga scored six goals in two outings in the 2020 Africa Women's Olympic Qualifiers and remains the joint top scorer with sister Temwa and Zambia's Grace Chanda.

  • Chiamaka Nnadozie - Falconets 2018

    Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels, Nigeria)

    The fact that Nnadozie is still only 18 years old is mindblowing. In 2019, the goalkeeper has celebrated three combined title successes with club and country.

    On her senior Women's World Cup debut against South Korea, she became the youngest to keep a clean sheet in the competition's history.

    Before the summer's global showpiece, she won the heart of many with a penalty shootout save to help Nigeria win a maiden Wafu Women's Cup title in Abidjan.

    In Morocco, she saved thrice from the spot as Nigeria came from behind to beat Cameroon on penalties to reclaim the African Games title for the first time in 12 years.

    At club level, Nnadozie's crucial saves were decisive in Rivers Angels' successful bid to reclaim the Nigeria Women's Premier League title for the first time since 2016.

  • Grace Chanda Zambia

    Grace Chanda (Zesco United, Zambia)

    For some untold reason, the Zambian still doesn't draw the plaudits her stunning ability and amazing work rate deserve as one of the Copper Queens’ key stars.

    The 22-year-old was integral to Zambia's maiden qualification to the Cosafa Women's Cup final in August as she scored twice in their second-place finish in Port Elizabeth.

    Her dribbling and superb finishing technique were major assets for Zambia as they reached the final round of the Africa Women's Olympic Qualifiers for the first time in their history.

    So far, she has scored six goals in nine matches, including a hat-trick in the third-round first leg 5-0 win against Zimbabwe and the opener in a fourth round first leg 2-2 draw against Kenya in Kasarani.

    Having netted six times in the qualifying series, the Zesco United star is now a joint top scorer with Malawian sisters Tabitha and Temwa Chawinga on the goalscorer charts.

    While on loan at Red Arrows, she scored 17 goals to ensure they finish as runners-up in the Zambia Women's Premier League last season.

  • Ajara Nchout Njoya of Cameroon

    ​Ajara Nchout (Valerenga, Cameroon)

    Nchout has continued to prove to be a superstar in her own right with her fantastic scoring form.

    In France, she single-handedly powered Cameroon to the Round of 16 at the Women's World Cup, with her brace against New Zealand this summer a notable highlight.

    One of her goals was not only voted second best in the tournament but also nominated for the Fifa Puskas Award - the first-ever African woman to make the shortlist.

    The 26-year-old also netted thrice in the 2020 African Women's Olympic Qualifiers to put Cameroon on the brink of a competition return after the 2016 edition.

    Her goals have been crucial in the Indomitable Lionesses' qualifying campaign, most recently, the winner against giant-killers Cote d'Ivoire in Yaounde was vital.

    For club, she has been outstanding, banging in 14 goals in 21 outings to help Valerenga inch close to securing a maiden Uefa Women's Champions League spot in the Toppserien.

    Her recent hat-trick also propelled the team reached the 2019 Norwegian Women's Cup final for the second time in three years.

  • Asisat Oshoala - Barcelona

    ​Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona, Nigeria)

    Oshoala is just 25, but has already bagged three-time African Women's Football of the Year prizes in her cabinet and has continued to prove that class is permanent.

    The 2015 BBC Women's Footballer of the Year winner has been firing on all cylinders since joining Barcelona in January, scoring 16 goals in 21 games.

    She shone like a star, coming on as a late substitute to score the Calatans' consolation goal in a 4-1 loss to Lyon, thereby becoming the first African to score in a Uefa Women's Champions League final.

    Her winner against South Korea at the Women's World Cup ensured Nigeria broke a 20-year knockout stage jinx and also made the top 10 best goals of the tournament this summer.

    Despite Nigeria's failure to qualify for the Olympic Games, Oshoala still made her fine scoring mark as she netted twice in three qualifying outings.