Sunday 29 October, 2017 was debut day for Super Falcons duo of Francisca Ordega and Ngozi Ebere at their new clubs in Spain and Cyprus respectively.
For Ordega who joined Atletico Madrid Femenino on loan from Washington Spirit, it was just another matchday in the league as Atleti look to retain their title.
But Ebere on the other hand, had the chance of lifting her first trophy in Cyprus, one that could have been historic for Barcelona FA Ladies who only joined the women’s league setup in the country last season.
Ordega was a 72nd minute replacement for Ludmila da Silva as Atleti played out an intense 1-1 draw with FC Barcelona in a Liga Femenina Iberdrola top of the table clash.
Kenti Robles midway through the second half cancelled out Andressa Alves’ 27th minute opener for Barcelona as both sides stretched their unbeaten run so far this season to seven. Both teams share the same number of points in the table, but Barcelona occupy the first position thanks to a superior goal difference.
Meanwhile over 2,000 miles away, Former Rivers Angels and Paris Saint Germain left back Ngozi Ebere played in every minute of Barcelona FA Ladies’ Super Cup loss to Apollon Limassol.
Apollon Limassol clinched the title 3-0 on penalties after regulation time ended 1-1.
Sporting jersey number 22, Ebere’s impact in the match could be seen in how Barcelona FA Ladies’ fortified defense has bridged the gap between them and Apollon Limassol who have dominated women’s football in Cyprus for nearly a decade.
Prior to Sunday’s Super Cup final, Barcelona FA Ladies had never managed a draw against the reigning league and cup champions. Their worst defeat was in last season’s cup final where they got a 5-0 spanking.
Moving forward now, they will definitely fancy their chances of upsetting Apollon Limassol in their next meeting.
When the new league season commences on 5 November, Barcelona FA Ladies will travel to Omonia Lefkothea for their opener and Ngozi Ebere is expected to maintain her place in the starting line-up.