Over the years in Women’s football, Nigeria have been a dominant force in the African continent and have produced talents who have been exceptional in the past two decades.
Super Falcons Asisat Oshoala won her third Africa Footballer of the Year award in the female category after a splendid season in the Chinese League.
After making a bold move from Arsenal ladies to the far East, the Dalian Quanjian striker was crowned the best striker in the Chinese Super League for 2017.
The 23-year-old helped her team win the Chinese Super Cup after scoring a brace and assisting the two to win the title and wrap up a fantastic season.
After receiving the CAF award for the umpteenth time she could not hide her emotions as she said her career was under threat when she decided to leave England to play in China.
“It’s been an emotional year for me personally, when I left Arsenal Ladies in the UK, many said my career would be gone but I told myself I can do it and here I am today.
“To the young ones out there, let no one down you, you can do it,” she said.
The former Liverpool Ladies striker is a step away from equaling Ex-Nigerian international Perpetua Nkwocha who has four awards in her name which is the most by an African player.
It all started when the former junior international announced herself in the local and international scene in 2014 when she featured for Nigeria at the U-20 World Cup in Canada.
That same year, she won five individual accolades including;
FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup Golden Boot
FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup Golden Ball
African Women’s Championship Golden Ball
African Women’s Youth Player of the Year
African Women’s Footballer of the Year
Oshoala, together with her Super Falcons teammate won Nigeria’s 9th title after making her first appearance at the Africa Women’s Championships in Namibia in 2014. She was named player of the tournament after scoring five goals.
Her success attracted a number of clubs in Europe but finally penned a deal with Liverpool in 2015. She played 9 matches and scored two goals and crowned it up with BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year.
Being too hot to handle in her first year at the Merseyside, another English club secured her signature as she signed for Arsenal in 2016 where she managed just two goals in 11 appearances for the Gunners.
The 23-year-old repeated her goal scoring prowess in the 2016 Africa Women’s Championships in Cameroon as she scored six goals which won her the top scorer award and Nigeria’s 10th Women’s title.
The Lagos state born goal scoring machine made a move to China as she did not look back, joining Chinese Super League side Dalian Quanjian. She wrapped up the season with a Super Cup win and top scorer award.
In an exclusive interview with NAIJ.com, Oshoala reiterated that fact that despite her successful 2017 in China, she has got so much offers.
“I’m still enjoying and having a good time over there (China) and I think I’m cool.
“I have so much offers from European clubs but I’m yet to decide,” she said.
Oshoala has scored 11 goals in 17 matches for the Super Falcons and with age still on side, she has been tipped to win the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year if she continues her goal scoring form.
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