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Alisha Lehmann Leads Instagram Influencers Top 10 List At Women’s World Cup

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Aston Villa and Switzerland’s Alisha Lehmann is the top ranking Instagram influencer among Women’s World Cup players, according to data analysts Gracenote Nielsen.

Players from nine different countries are represented in the top 10 with only the USA having two players.

England captain Leah Williamson would have been fourth, but an anterior cruciate ligament injury means she will miss the World Cup.

Nielsen’s InfluenceScope evaluates followers, follower growth, engagement rate, audience reachability and average brand value per post on Instagram to determine which players deliver the most social media value to their sponsors.

Jon Stainer, global managing director of Nielsen Sports, said: “The soccer players participating at World Cup 2023 are not only exceptional sportswomen but also social media powerhouses, capable of driving impactful conversations and fostering genuine connections with their followers.”

Germany have the most influential national team account above France and European champions England, all more than doubling their followers in the last year.

Here are the top 10 Instagram influential players at this summer’s Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand…

1. Alisha Lehmann (Aston Villa/Switzerland)

Followers: 13.4 million

In the past year, Aston Villa forward Lehmann has overtaken Alex Morgan as the female football player with the most followers on Instagram.

Lehmann’s follower numbers have increased by 75% in the past 12 months, to nearly 13.5 million. She has also overtaken Roger Federer, making her the most popular Swiss sportsperson on Instagram.

The 24-year-old has won 38 caps for Switzerland, although she made herself unavailable for Euro 2022 because she did not feel “mentally ready”. She played in 43 of Villa’s 44 Women’s Super League matches over the past two seasons, scoring seven goals.

2. Alexia Putellas (Barcelona/Spain)

Followers: 2.8 million

Barcelona and Spain midfielder Putellas has attracted more than a million new followers in the past year despite being injured for most of it. Her posts each deliver more than $100,000 of media value to brands.

In 2022, the 29-year-old became Spain’s first women’s footballer in Spain to reach 100 caps, although she also suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury which saw her miss the European Championship.

She has won the Uefa women’s player of the year, the Ballon d’Or and the Best Fifa women’s player awards for the past two seasons.

3. Alex Morgan (San Diego Waves/USA)

Followers: 10 million

Morgan has helped the United States win the past two World Cups and finish third in 2011. The striker, who won Olympic gold in 2012 and bronze at the delayed 2020 Games, has earned more than 200 caps and scored over 120 goals for her country.

4. Jordyn Huitema (OL Reign/Canada)

Followers: 1.6 million

OL Reign and Canada forward Huitema already has over 1.6 million followers on Instagram and a media value per post of more than $75,000.

Aged just 22, Huitema, who is the youngest player in the top 10, made her international debut for Canada aged 15. She won Olympic gold two years ago, playing the whole of extra time in the final against Sweden in Japan.

5. Marta (Orlando Pride/Brazil)

Followers: 2.6 million

The 37-year-old forward has played at the past five World Cups for Brazil, scoring 17 goals in 19 matches at the tournament, having first appeared at the 2003 tournament.

Brazil’s all-time top scorer has been named Fifa’s world player of the year six times and could become the first player of any gender to score at six World Cups.

6. Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign/USA)

Followers: 2.1 million

Rapinoe, who has been involved in the USA squad since 2006, was part of the USA teams which won the previous two World Cups and the 2012 Olympic gold.

 

The 37-year-old won the Golden Boot at the 2019 World Cup, beating team-mate Morgan and England’s Ellen White on fewer minutes played after they each scored six goals.

7. Jule Brand (Wolfsburg/Germany)

Followers: 198,000

Brand has increased her Instagram following by 517% over the past year, the highest growth by a player in the top 10. Her average engagement rate on Instagram is above 30%, the highest engagement of anybody on the list.

Brand was part of Germany’s Euro 2022 team, who lost 2-1 in the final to England. The 20-year-old has already scored seven international goals for Germany, while at club level for Wolfsburg she finished as runners-up in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League.

8. Alessia Russo (Manchester United/England)

Followers: 457,000

Russo was used as a substitute in every Euro 2022 match for England, scoring four goals and winning goal of the tournament, and has since established herself in the starting line-up.

She scored 22 league goals in 46 appearances for Manchester United, although she is set to leave the club this summer. As one of the biggest names in women’s football, Russo has attracted the attention of some big sponsors.

9. Sakina Karchaoui (Paris St-Germain/France)

Followers: 726,000

Left-back Karchaoui has played for France since 2016 and won more than half a century of caps for her national team. She played for Montpellier and Lyon before joining Paris St-Germain in the summer of 2021.

Karchaoui impressed at Euro 2022 where she helped France reach the semi-finals, providing two assists and winning a place in the team of the tournament.

10. Sam Kerr (Chelsea/Australia)

Followers: 1.2 million

Captain of Australia since 2019, she is their all-time top scorer with 63 international goals – the last one coming in Australia’s impressive win against European champions England in April.

Kerr joined Women’s Super League side Chelsea in 2020 where she has scored 54 league goals in 67 appearances.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

 

Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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Lassa Fever Kills 150 In Nigeria — NCDC

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According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), 150 people died from Lassa virus in 125 local government areas throughout 27 states in the federation between January and March 2024.

The NCDC reported that the deaths were recorded with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.6% overall from week one to week thirteen, 2024. This is higher than the CFR for the same time in 2023 (17.5%).

In its Lassa Fever Situation Report Epi Week 13, which was released on March 25–31, 2024, the agency revealed that 806 of the 5,295 suspected cases that were recorded were confirmed. Eyes Of Lagos reports,

According to the report, in week 13, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 25 in Epi week 12, 2024 to 15. These cases were reported in Ondo, Bauchi, Plateau and Edo states.

 

In total for 2024, 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 125 LGAs, even as 62 percent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi states, while 38 percent of cases were reported from 24 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.

Of the 62 percent confirmed cases, the NCDC said Ondo reported 24 percent, Edo 22 percent, and Bauchi 16 percent. The predominant age group affected is 31-40 years (Range: 1 to 98 years, Median Age: 32years), with a male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases of 1:1.

From the report, the number of suspected cases (5,295) increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2023 (4,338).

The agency confirmed that the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Incident Management System has been activated to coordinate response at all levels at the Emergency Operations Centre, EOC.

No new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week 13, the report noted.

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