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5 African players to watch at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is currently taking place in Australia and New Zealand from 20 July to 20 August, with 32 countries from the around world presenting their finest female football talent, in hopes of being crowned the global champions.

This year, a number of African nations, including South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco and Zambia, are also in the running for the prestigious trophy,

A mix of new and veteran players make up the teams and there are a couple of superstars we have our eyes on.

While the FIFA Women’s World Cup is now entering it’s ninth rendition, female football still falls in the shadows of its all-male counterpart.

In light of Women’s Month, and in solidarity with women in sport receiving the recognition and remuneration they deserve, we’re shining a spotlight on 5 female African football players you need to watch at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Andile Dlamini, South Africa

Age: 30

Position: Goalkeeper

Club: Mamelodi Sundowns

Fresh off being awarded as the best goalkeeper at the Women's Africa Cup of Nations 2022, Andile Dlamini heads to her second World Cup. The Mamelodi Sundowns star is renowned for her one-on-one prowess thanks to her speed and positioning. Her quick reflexes also make her a formidable shot-stopper.

Ireen Lungu, Zambia

Age: 25

Position: Midfielder

Club: BIIK Kazygurt (Kazakhstan)

A mobile midfielder, Lungu is aggressive on the ball. She is willing to take risks and possesses excellent close control and ability to retain possession in tight areas.

We look forward to seeing her creativity and guile to dictate play with precise short and long passing from the middle third.

Fatima Tagnaout, Morocco

Age: 24

Position: Forward

Club: AS FAR

Pace and creativity define Tagnaout's game. The versatile striker’s top speed and acceleration make her a constant threat on the counter, while clever movement creates space.

Asisat Oshoala, Nigeria

Age: 28

Position: Forward

Club: Barcelona (Spain)

A five-time African Women's Player of the Year, Oshoala thrives on the field with her blistering speed. Though she can finish anywhere, her heading, hold-up play and athleticism make her a well-rounded striker. Intelligent runs in behind defences are a speciality of the prolific finisher.

Thembi Kgatlana, South Africa

Age: 27

Position: Forward

Club: Racing Louisville (USA)

After missing most of the Women's AFCON 2022 through injury, Kgatlana is back fit to lead the line for Banyana Banyana. Boasting superb technique and explosive acceleration, her low centre of gravity helps in duels. Strong aerial abilities and smart movement round out the skillset of the 5'4'' striker.

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