10 great african sports women

Caster Semenya

Mokgadi Caster Semenya (born January 7, 1991 in Pietersburg) is a South African athlete, particularly a specialist in the 800 meters. She is double Olympic champion and triple world champion over this distance.

Desiree Ellis

born March 14, 1963 in Salt River, is a South African soccer player and coach. She plays as a midfielder in various South African clubs as well as in the South African national women’s football team. She has been the coach of this team since 2016, winner of the 2002 COSAFA women’s championship and winner of the 2017 and 2018 COSAFA women’s championship as coach.

Elected coach of the year for an African women’s team in 2018 and 2019

Françoise Mbango Etone

 born on April 14, 1976 in Yaoundé, is a Cameroonian athlete naturalized French in 2010, specialist of the triple jump.

Olympic champion in 2004 and 2008, she is the only Cameroonian athlete in history, men and women combined, to have won a world or Olympic title.

Isabelle Sambou

born October 20, 1980 in Mlomp, is a Senegalese wrestler.

At the African Wrestling Championships, she won a gold medal nine times (in less than 51 kg in 2004, in 2005, in 2007, in 2009, in 2010, in 2011 and in 2013 and in less than 53 kg in 2014 and 2016), silver medalist four times (under 56 kg in 2001, under 51 kg in 2006, under 48 kg in 2012 and under 53 kg in 2015) and bronze medalist in 2002 in less than 55 kg. She is also a silver medalist in less than 53 kg at the 2015 African Games.

She is also world champion in beach wrestling in 2009 in less than 70 kg.

Maria de Lurdes Mutola

 (born October 27, 1972 in Maputo) is a Mozambican athlete, specialist in middle distance races, and in particular the 800 meters. She is the only Mozambican athlete in history, men and women combined, to have won a world or Olympic title. She is also the only athlete in history with Kenyan David Rudisha to have won four world or Olympic titles over 800 meters.

In twenty years of competition at the highest level, she won the Olympic title in 2000, had three victories at the outdoor world championships and seven at the indoor world championships. She also won five titles at the African Championships, three at the African Games and two at the Commonwealth Games.

She holds the indoor world record and the African record over the distance of 1,000 meters.

Nacissela Mauricio,

born June 2, 1980, is an Angolan basketball player. African champion in 2011 with Angola, she was named best player of the African Women’s Basketball Championship 2011.

Nawal El Moutawakel,

born on April 15, 1962 in Casablanca, is an athlete, gold medalist in the first 400m hurdles for women in the history of the Olympic Games, in Los Angeles in 1984, became sports leader and Moroccan politician. She is now a member of the executive office and vice-president of the International Olympic Committee and president of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Coordination Commission.

Portia Modise

 (born June 20, 1983) is a South African footballer, named best player in the 2006 African Women’s Football Championship.

In 2005, Modise was one of two Africans, along with Perpetua Nkwocha, to be nominated for the title of FIFA world player of the year, won by the German Birgit Prinz.

At the 2006 African Women’s Football Championship, she scored a goal for the South African national team in the match for third place against Cameroon, and was voted best player in the tournament. She was among the top 3 for the CAF Footballer of the Year award in 2006, and was selected as an All-Stars team in a match preceding the draw for the 2007 Women’s World Cup.

Perpetua Nkwocha,

 born January 3, 1976, is a Nigerian international soccer player playing as a midfielder for the Swedish club Sunnanå SK.

With the Nigeria women’s football team, she participated in the Olympic Games in the 2000 Summer Olympics, the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics as well as in the 2003, 2007 and World Cups. 2011. At the continental level, she competed in the 2002, 2004 African Championships (registering a quadruple in the final), 2006 and 2010, winning all four competitions.

Winner of the African Championships 2002, 2004 (registering a quadruple in the final), 2006 and 2010 and African Player of the year in 2004, 2005, 2010 and 2014

Tirunesh Dibaba

 (born June 1, 1985 in Bekoji in the province of Arsi) is an Ethiopian athlete, specialist in long distance races. Between 2003 and 2013, she won three Olympic titles, five world champion track titles and four world cross country champion titles (including 1 in short cross). She is the only athlete to have completed the double over 5,000 and 10,000 meters during the same edition of the Olympic Games (in 2008). It is also the first to win the 10,000 meters twice consecutively at the Games (in 2008 and 2012). She is the current world record holder in the 5,000 meters with the time of 14:11:15, established in Oslo in 2008.