By Muambo Edward

Football Writer, – Cameroon

Cameroon’s flying forward Nchout Njoya Ajara was beaten by Nigeria’s three times award winner Asisat Oshoala who claimed her fourth African Women’s footballer of the year award.

Though 26-year-old native of Njisse, Ajara distinguished herself over the year with some breathtaking individual performances for both club and country, Oshoala’s AFCON victory looked to have been the deciding factor.

Ajara did not win any trophies, and that proved to be her undoing as her eye catching displays in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in particular, failed to tilt the balance to her favour.

One of her two strikes against New Zealand in Cameroon’s final group stage game was amongst the final contestants for the Puskas Awards, an award that recognizes the best individual goal over the year in the whole world.

She has been the shining point for the Indomitable Lionesses who finished third in the AWCON and sealed their place for the Women’s World Cup and are at the verge of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games with Zambia standing on their way.

She has also netted 11 goals in 22 league games in the Norwegian top flight with Valerenga.

Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria and FC Barcelona succeeds South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana of Phoenix in China, while Ajara settles for the second spot

Ajara was the only contestant amongst the three never to have won the award and she narrowly failed to become only the second Cameroonian to win the award after Gaël Deborah Enganamouit in 2015.

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