African Women's Power Rankings: Super Falcons dominate as stage set for AWCON

June was effectively a transitional month for many of Africa's top women's footballers between their club schedules and the Africa Women's Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Morocco from July 2-23.

However, four Super Falcons stars still found time to excel for their clubs in Sweden and the USA before the international break, while there have been standout performances elsewhere in Africa during AWCON warm-up games.

It is likely that there will be major changes in our top 10 after the AWCON, given that this is a mostly form-based rankings table and some star players have not had enough action lately to feature on our list this month, but there are some familiar faces at the top of the pile nevertheless.

1. Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene, Eskilstuna United

Uchenna Kanu left the Damallsvenskan for Mexico's Tigres UANL after last season, but Nigerian internationals continue to shine in the league and Okobi-Okeoghene was June's standout performer.

The Eskilstuna United midfielder scored in the 2-0 win over KIF Örebro on June 13 and then again six days later in a 3-1 triumph over Brommapojkarna.

Eskilstuna are fifth in the Damallsvenskan and in contention for a top three spot, which could put them in the UEFA Women's Champions League.

2. Anam Imo, Piteå

Imo netted twice in Piteå's 3-1 win over Umeå on June 5, putting her team 2-1 up in the 38th minute and then scoring a penalty in the 88th to put the result beyond doubt.

Her tally stands at four goals from 14 appearances this season, while Piteå are ninth in the table after 15 rounds.

Aged 21, Imo has a bright career ahead of her and it is surely only a matter of time before she becomes a more important player for the Super Falcons.

3. Ifeoma Onumonu, Gotham FC

Having been on target for Gotham in their 1-0 win over Angel City on May 30, Onumonu turned provider on June 5 as she teed up Midge Purce for the only goal in another 1-0 victory, this time over Washington Spirit.

Gotham are languishing in mid-table in the NWSL. When she returns from international duty, Onumonu, who scored eight goals in 25 appearances last season, is expected to play a major role.

4. Michelle Alozie, Houston Dash

Alozie was relegated to a bit-part role at Houston Dash last season, but is fulfilling her potential in the 2022 campaign and scored her first goal in the NWSL in a 5-0 thrashing of Orlando Pride.

Capitalising on Shea Groom's assist, Alozie scored in the 87th minute, putting the cherry on top of a resounding win with the final goal of the game.

Having made four appearances all of last season in the league, Alozie has already equalled that tally. However, she still has work to do in order to cement a starting spot.

5. Ajara Nchout, Inter Milan

Nchout found her scoring boots over the past season with Inter Milan, netting eight times in 18 Serie A Women appearances. In a 2-2 friendly draw with Senegal, she recently reminded Africa why she is Cameroon's star player.

The 29-year-old squeezed in a free-kick from a difficult angle out wide, playing a major role in Cameroon getting a draw. They also beat the same opponents 1-0 in another friendly.

The Indomitable Lionesses were beaten AWCON finalists in 2014 and 2016 and will need Nchout to be on top form if they are to finally go a step further.

6. Samya Hassani, Gent

Hassani bagged a brace for Morocco in a 7-0 friendly drubbing of Congo three weeks ago, netting in the 47th and 81st minutes.

Hassani joined Gent a year ago, arriving from Alkmaar. Aged 22, she played youth football in the Netherlands, but looks on course to become an important player for Morocco in years to come.

The upcoming AWCON is a glorious opportunity for the forward, who made her debut in a 3-2 win over Mali in June last year, to make her mark on the team.

7. Salma Amani, Saint-Malo

Amani, who is at the opposite end of her career to Hassani, also scored twice against Congo in Morocco's recent friendly.

The former France U17 international has been a prolific player for many French clubs in recent years. Most recently, she scored nine Division 1 goals in 19 appearances in the 2016/17 season.

Although Amani is likely approaching the tail-end of her career, she could prove to be an important presence in a squad which is beginning to renew itself as she adds some experience to the Atlas Lionesses from the middle of the park.

8. Barbra Banda, Shanghai Shengli

Based on talent alone, Banda should regularly feature at or near the top of our rankings. However, a lack of regular club football during her time in China in recent years due to the short league season means her presence has been less frequent than it would otherwise have been.

Zambia have been one of the most active teams in warmup matches for the AWCON, though, so Banda was able to get herself on the scoresheet recently.

She netted in the 78th minute to round up a 6-0 drubbing of Phoenix Marrakech FC. Heavily linked to Real Madrid, Banda may soon be able to play more often and finally realise her full potential.

9. Khadija Er-Rmichi, FAR Rabat

During pre-tournament warmup matches, Morocco's performances suggest that they have one of the strongest defences in the AWCON.

Goalkeeper Er-Rmichi's club side, FAR Rabat, were almost impenetrable as they stormed to the Moroccan Women's Championship title. She picked up where she left off as she was solid between the sticks for her national team.

Morocco thrashed Congo 7-0, then drew 1-1 with Zambia and 0-0 with Ivory Coast. Morocco will kick off the AWCON on July 2 against Burkina Faso.

10. Grace Chanda, BIIK Kazygurt

Chanda has been one of the most influential players in a successful era for Zambian women's football. It is no surprise, then, that the forward finally earned an overseas move to BIIK Kazygurt in Kazakhstan recently.

Chanda was on the scoresheet for the Copper Queens as they drew 1-1 with AWCON hosts Morocco.

Zambia will play their first AWCON match on July 3 against Cameroon's Indomitable Lionesses in what should be an entertaining battle between two strong attacking forces.