Former Super Falcons star, Cynthia Uwak on Tuesday gained a mention among the legends of female football in Africa, as the almost forgotten ex-player was named in a roll of past award winners.
Footballlive.ng gathered that, while Uwak is even almost forgotten back home in Nigeria, Confederation of African Football (CAF) brought alive memories of how she was twice named the continent’s best player.
In contrast with popular belief in Nigeria that the only ones from the country to be named African Women Footballer of The Year are Mercy Akide-Udoh, Perpetua Nkwocha and Asisat Oshoala, CAF reminded all that Uwak actually got the gong in 2006 and 2007.
CAF’s preview to Tuesday’s ceremony read in part: “The Women’s Player of the Year has been dominated by Nigeria since its inception in 2001.
“The Super Falcons have contributed four Queens of African Football – Mercy Akide, Perpetua Nkwocha, Cynthia Uwak and Asisat Oshoala.
“Akide was the first to be crowned queen of the African game whilst Nkwocha was decorated a record four times (2004, 2005, 2010, 2011).
“(This is ) a record Oshoala is one shy of after triumphs in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Uwak also won back-to-back titles (2006, 2007).
“Ghana has two titles – Alberta Sackey (2002) and Adjoa Bayor (2003); with South Africa, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon one crown each in Noko Matlou (2008), Genoveva Anonma (2012) and Gaelle Enganamouit (2015) respectively.”