Nigeria striker Emuidzhi Oghiabekhva has become the first African female footballer to win the UEFA Women’s Champions League despite her side Minsk’s early exit from the European elite club competition.
The 30-year-old striker scored ten (10) goals in seven games in the 2019/2020 season.
She netted six goals in the qualifying round with a remarkable four goals in a single game against Bettembourg. An additional four goals were added in the later stage of the competition.
She succeeds Wolfsburg’s Pernille Harder (8 goals), winner of of the 2018/2019 edition. Ada Hegerberg (Lyon) and Eugénie Le Sommer (Lyon) complete the top five.
The 2019 Belarus Women’s Premier League best player (29 goals) scored Minsk’s lone goal in their unforgettable 8-1 aggregate defeat to compatriot Asisat Oshoala’s Barcelona in the Champions League, ending their six-game unbeaten run since 2019.
Minsk finished top of their qualifying group with nine points in 3 games, scoring an incredible 21 goals in 7 games.
According to Goal, Emuidzhi Oghiabekhva joins Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema and Breidablik’s Bjorg Borvaldsdottir as joint top scorers of this year’s edition.
Oghiabekhva joined Minsk in 2016. She’s enjoyed spells at Rossiyanka, Energiya Voronezh and BIIk Kazyyurt.