By Giovanni Wanneh & Angu Lesley
Sports Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
Lionesses forward Nchout Ajara Njoya has been placed side-by-side two other strong contenders; Super Falcons’ Asisat Oshoala and Banyana Banyana’s Thembi Kgatlana in the category of CAF Women’s player of the year, but statistically, Ajara has the edge over those two contenders.
If statistics are anything to go by, Lionesses irrepressible forward Njoya Ajara should definitely have her sights firmly placed on the trophy and her fingertips reaching for the accolade that comes forth on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at the Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, Egypt.
Why Njoya Ajara deserves it:
The flying forward has not had a run of four games without scoring for club and country this season.
Ajara ended the season as the deputy top scorer in Norway with 11 goals. It is the second consecutive season she has finished second. None of the other contenders has achieved these this season.
She is Cameroon’s top scorer this year with five goals in eight starts,the reason Cameroon behind Cameroon’s hope to get to Tokyo.
The Valerenga winger’s goal was voted best goal at the 2019 FIFA World Cup in a 2-1 win against New Zealand.
Njoya Ajara was Africa’s top scorer at 2019 Women’s FIFA World Cup with two goals in three starts.
She became the first African lady to be nominated for the Puskas Award this year with her sublime solo effort against New Zealand.
Cameroon is still en route to Tokyo 2020 thanks to her goals. She scored 60% of Cameroon’s 5 goals in the qualifiers and in the World Cup this year she scored 66.6% of Cameroon’s 3 goals.
Ajara set a scoring streak by scoring in eight consecutive games for club and country this year.
To cap it all off, Ajara was named best Female African Footballer for 2019 and 15th in the World according to IFFHS.
Umpteenth reasons on and off the pitch could be given as to why the striker deserves the award more.
The 26-year-old Ajara, whose name has already entered the hall of fame due to several distinctions home and abroad is hoping to be only the second Cameroonian to clinch the award after Gael Enganamouit in 2015.
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