Swedish football leagues: Africans on scoresheet

Nigerian striker Nsima Peter scored twice for Frej last weekend

With Sweden’s top football championship, Allsvenskan, gradually moving to its end, African players are banging in goals that could prove crucial to their clubs’ fortunes.

Sierra Leone’s Mohammed Buya Turay struck (his 9th for the season) in the 15th minute as relegation-threatened Ekilstuna drew 1-1 in a 26th round encounter with Jonkoping last weekend.

Djurgarden, second on the table and nine points behind leaders Malmo, trashed Sundsvall 5-0 in a one-sided match that saw Zimbabwean striker Tinotenda Kadawere netting one of the goals. He opened the scoring in the 21st minute.

Nigerian striker Kennedy Igboananike grabbed the only goal in Orebro’s lone goal win over Kalmar.

Just one step below the Allsvenskan is the first division known as Superettan. It too is in its closing stages and Africans have also been hitting the net there.

Nigerian forward Nsima Peter scored twice as Frej walloped Varnamo 5-0. Sierra Leonean defender Alie Sesay was also on the scoresheet.

Degersfors secured its second win in a row with a 3-1 suffocation of relegation-bound Atvidaberg with South African hitman Mihlali Mayambela making it 2-0 in the 26th minute.

Ghana’s Edwin Gyimah provided a late consolation as his club Helsingborg, 4th on the table, fell 2-1 to Gefle.

In the Damallsvenskan, the female premier champiopnship, Malawian goalpoacher Tabita Chawinga can’t be stopped from scoring. She scored twice in the 16th round and was again on target in the 17th last weekend as Kvarnsveden drew 2-2 with Kopparberg/Gothenburg. Ghanaian Elizabeth Addo added the other goal.

As with the two goals in the previous round, it was Tabita’s little sister Tenwa Chawinga who set up the goal. Tabita has now scored 22 goals in 17 matches this season.

Nigerian defender Osinachi Ohale of Vittsjo scored her first goal in the championship when she provided one of the goals that sank Limhamn Bunkeflole 2-0 while another Nigerian, veteran defender Faith Ikidi scored all the goals in a 2-0 win for Pitea against KIF orebro.