Top 10 Africa's most promising women footballers to watch out for in 2018

Published on: 14 December 2017
Top 10 Africa's most promising women footballers to watch out for in 2018
Linda Motlhalo of South Africa is challenged by Amel Majri of France during the International Women's Friendly between France ad South Africa at Stade de l'Est in Saint-Denis, Reunion on 22 January 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Priscilla Adubea - The Ghanaian striker has put on display glimpse of her potentials in 2017, scoring 19 goals to claim the golden boot of the Ghana's Women Premier League. Likewise in the U20 Women's World Cup qualifier, the 18-year-old has scored eight goals in four games. Should Ghana dream of getting past Cameroon to reach the World Cup, Adubea's form is certainly key.

Linda Motlhalo - The South African hot prospect is the country's leading goal scorer in the U20 Women's World Cup qualifier with six goals from four matches. Motlhalo's exposure at the African Women's Cup of Nations and Rio Olympics in 2018 has no doubt played huge role in the 19-year-old run of form. Nothing is likely to stop her from hitting the group running in 2018 with the Awcon campaign on the horizon.

Falonne Nahimana - The Burundian forward played a crucial part in Fofila PF's National Women's Football Championship 2017 title win after a 4-1 triumph over La Colombe FC. Before Les Hirondelles' exit at the expense of South Africa on their debut, Nahiamna managed five goals in four games - four came from 8-1 aggregate win over Djibouti in the preliminary stage. Ahead of their 2018 African Women's Cup of Nations qualification campaign, Burundi will be looking upon the 16-year-old talent to realise their dreams.

Charity Reuben - The Nigerian sharpshooter announced her arrival in 2017, finishing as the Nigeria Women's Premier League topscorer after she scored nine goals with Ibom Angels. Same year, the lanky forward also inspired her Uyo based side to their first ever Federation Cup final before losing to Rivers Angels on penalties.

Olivia Anokye - After playing a part in Ghana's Jordan 2016 Fifa U17 Women's World Cup, the 17-year-old midfielder has been promoted to the U20s. Anokye has long hit form and netted three goals as the Black Princesses cruised over Algeria and Kenya to the final round. Coach Yusuf Basigi will be relying on the Elmina Sea Lions star to excel at the France U20 World Cup in 2018 should they get past Cameroon.

Monday Gift - Before COD United Ladies were unexpectedly disbanded in March 2017, the Nigerian had fired them to a third place finish in the Nigerian Women's Premier League in 2016. Joining FC Robo, she played a prominent role in the Lagos based outfit relegation escape. On her debut for Nigeria, she inspired the Falconets' with a goal and two assists in their 5-1 crushing of Morocco in the U20 Women's World Cup qualifier.

Temwa Chawinga – Following the footsteps of her sister and teammate - Tabitha, the Malawian forward scored 38 goals in 14 games with Blantyre Zero to claim the Malawian Women Premier League top scorer gong. In September, the 18-year-old replicated her form netting three goals at the 2017 Cosafa Cup, and her extraordinary scoring record earned her a transfer to Swedish side Kvarnsvedens. With confirmation of topscorer Tabitha’s potential exit, the relegated side will count on Temwa’s form for an instant topflight return in 2018.

Gabriela Salgado - At 19, the South African had become a regular at the senior level, playing an integral role in Banyana Banyana's title haul at the Cosafa Cup 2017 in Zimbabwe. Salgado has played 27 times for country at all levels, scoring 19 goals. Gabby as fondly called propelled the Basetsana past Namibia and Burundi, scoring three times and will be looked upon by Maud Khamalo to achieve their dream U20 World Cup debut appearance.

Mukarama Abdulai - The Ghanaian goal poacher made history as she became the first player to score five goals in a game as Northern Ladies pummelled Real Upper Ladies 6-3. Her impressive performance earned her call-up to the Black Maidens. The 15-year-old has subsequently justified her inclusion, scoring four goals in her side's 5-1 away first leg win at Gambia in the Fifa U17 Women's World Cup qualifier.

Rasheedat Ajibade - The 18-year-old sensation recorded a remarkable year for both club and country in 2017. With her club, the forward helped FC Robo retain their topflight status, scoring eight goals and finished second top scorer. For Nigeria, Ajibade powered the U20 women side to the final qualifying round of the Fifa U20 Women's World Cup, netting seven times in the process. Should Nigeria qualify for France 2018 World Cup, Christopher Danjuma will need her form and fitness to make a good outing at the international showpiece.