5 Uchenna Kanu [Southeastern Fire, USA]

The U-20 Women’s World Cup runner-up was at her best in 2019, finishing top scorer with 10 goals as Nigeria won their maiden Wafu Women’s Cup title in May.

The performance earned her a berth at the Women’s World Cup in France, where she featured in all four matches as Nigeria reached the knockout stage for the first time in 20 years. The Southeastern striker went on to become one of the most decorated collegiate performers in NAIA history, having emerged as the all-time career leader with 157 goals and 366 points.

4 Emuidzhi Oghiabekhva [Minsk, Belarus]

Despite being overlooked by Nigeria’s handlers, the robust and gangling striker continued with her fine scoring form in Europe in the colours of Belarus’s Minsk.

She scored 44 goals in 26 outings for her club, including 10 in seven Women’s Champions League matches as they reached the Round of 16 before bowing out to Barcelona.

3 Francisca Ordega [Shanghai, China]

The 2018 African Women’s Player of the Year nominee continued from where she left off as she made an instant impact on her debut season in China with Shanghai.

The 25-year-old scored five goals and contributed six assists to help her side finish fifth in the Chinese Women’s Football Championship and the Women’s FA Cup final before heading to France with Nigeria.

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