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Asisat Oshoala leads African Women of the NWSL

With the NWSL set to start next week, fans can expect nothing short of top-tier performances from some of Africa’s finest women footballers.

  • Toyosi Afolayan
  • 12th March 2024

As the anticipation builds and the countdown to the 2024 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season kickoff begins, there’s an undeniable buzz surrounding the league. But amidst the excitement, it’s the spotlight on African talent that truly ignites the passion of fans and enthusiasts alike.


In a league known for its diversity and inclusivity, the representation of African players adds a dynamic flair to the already vibrant landscape of women’s soccer in the United States. With 12 African players set to grace the fields of the NWSL this season, the stage is set for a showcase of talent, skill, and sheer determination.



Leading the charge is Nigeria, boasting five-star players ready to leave their mark on the American League. Among them, Asisat Oshoala joins Bay FC alongside Nicole Payne at Portland Thorns, bringing their unique football prowess to the forefront. They are joined by Ifeoma Onumonu (N/Y Gotham FC), Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash), and Uchenna Kanu (Racing Louisville), forming a formidable Nigerian contingent poised to make waves in the NWSL.


Not far behind, Zambia boasts two of the most expensive players in the world, with Barbra Banda joining Orlando Pride and Rachael Kundananji signing for Bay FC.



Their arrival adds a new dimension to the league, showcasing the global appeal of African talent and the growing influence of women’s soccer on the continent.


But the diversity doesn’t end there. Representing a rich tapestry of African nations, players like Estelle Johnson from Cameroon (Gotham FC), Linda Motlhalo from South Africa (Racing Louisville), Jassmina Barhoumi from Tunisia (Moyne Dolphins), and Princess Marfo from Ghana (Bay FC) bring their unique backgrounds and experiences to the NWSL.



As the 2024 NWSL season prepares to kick off next week, fans can expect nothing short of spectacular performances from some of Africa’s finest women footballers. Their journey to the USA represents more than a sporting endeavor.


Since the inception of the league in 2012, a total of 23 players from Africa have been signed by an NWSL Club, underscoring the growing influence of African talent in women’s soccer.

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