Genoveva Añonma

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Genoveva Añonman
Genoveva Añonma 2012 2.jpg
Añonma in May 2012
Personal information
Full name Genoveva Añonma Nze
Date of birth (1989-04-19) 19 April 1989 (age 28)[1][2]
Place of birth Cogo,[3] Equatorial Guinea
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
MSV Duisburg
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Águilas Verdes de Malabo
2006 Las Vegas
2006–2007 Mamelodi Sundowns
2009–2011 Jena 50 (37)
2011–2015 Turbine Potsdam 79 (60)
2015 Portland Thorns 12 (1)
2016 Suwon FMC WFC
2016–2017 Atlético Madrid 1 (0)
2017–2018 Maccabi Kishronot Hadera 6 (1)
2018– MSV Duisburg 0 (0)
National team
2002– Equatorial Guinea 32 (18)
Equatorial Guinea B
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 January 2018.

Genoveva "Ayo"[4] Añonma Nze (born 19 April 1989) is an Equatoguinean footballer who plays as a striker for German club MSV Duisburg and the Equatorial Guinea national team, where she serves as its captain.

Club career[edit]

Añonma played in her country and South Africa before signing for Bundesliga team USV Jena in 2009.[2] She was the team's top scorer in both seasons she spent in Jena. Following the 2011 World Cup she signed for defending champions Turbine Potsdam. She became the first foreigner to win the Bundesliga top-scorer award when she scored 22 goals in the 2011–12 season.[5] In 2012, she was named African Women Footballer of the Year.[6]

On 24 February 2015, it was announced that Añonma signed for the Portland Thorns for the 2015 National Women's Soccer League season, joining after the completion of that year's World Cup.[4][7] She was waived by Portland Thorns FC in October 2015.[8] In 2016, she played for Suwon FMC WFC in the South Korean WK-League.[9]

International career[edit]

Añonma was part of the Equatorial Guinea football team that won the 2008 African Women's Championship at home and finished runners up in South Africa two years later. After the 2010 African Women's Championship final, Añonma and two other Equatoguinean players had been accused of being male by opponents.[10] Añonma rejected the allegations and was shown by a gender test to be female, wherein she was required to strip naked to demonstrate her gender.[11][12]

She played in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, scoring Equatorial Guinea's only two goals in the tournament, in a 3-2 loss against Australia.[13] She was included in the All-Star Team, becoming the first African player to earn this distinction. She won a second African Women's Championship in 2012, again at home.[14]


  1. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup 2011: ANONMAN". FIFA. Archived from the original on 23 December 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Players Portrait 2014/15: Genoveva Anonma" (in German). Turbine Potsdam. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Genoveva Ayongman signs with the Portland of the U.S.A." Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. 
  4. ^ a b "Portland Thorns sign decorated striker Genoveva Añonma". Archived from the original on 2015-11-25. 
  5. ^ "Women's football: Potsdam wins 4th in a row" (in German). Die Welt. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Bieneck, Nadine (21 December 2012). "Genoveva Anonma is African Women's Player of the year" (in German). Turbine Potsdam. Archived from the original on 21 May 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Portland Thorns FC sign forward Genoveva Añonma". Portland Thorns Football Club. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  8. ^ William Conwell. "Portland Thorns Waive International Striker Genoveva "Ayo" Añonma". Stumptown Footy. 
  9. ^ Kaiser, Hal (15 March 2016). "WK-League previews: Hyundai Steel, Icheon Daekyo, Suwon FMC". Keeper Notes. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  10. ^ Borzi, Pat (13 June 2011). "Gender controversy follows Equatorial Guinea". Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Sheringham, Sam (14 January 2015). "Genoveva Anonma: 'I had to strip naked to prove I was a woman'". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  12. ^ Brown, Jonathan (25 June 2011). "The Stars of Germany 2011 (that's the women's world cup)". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2 September 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup 2011: Equatorial Guinea". FIFA. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Turbine Potsdam forward Genoveva Añonma signs for Portland Thorns FC". Women's Soccer United. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 

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