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Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala Emerges BBC Women’s Footballer Of The Year


By Niyi Adeyi – The Nigerian female football star, Asisat Oshoala, has been named the first Nigerian BBC World Service Footballer of the year.

Oshoala, after weeks of nomination, defeated other nominees, including Spain’s Veronica Boquete, German Nadine Kessler, Scot Kim Little and Brazilian Marta to emerge the current winner.

In a brief reaction after the announcement, 20 year old Oshoala said: “I would like to say thank you to the BBC, to my fans around the world and to everyone who voted”

The Nigerian female forward star, was the youngest player in history to be shortlisted and emerged the winner on account of her leading goal scoring skills as well as her emergence as the best player at the recently concluded Under-20s female World Cup held in Canada.

Her outstanding performances equally led Nigeria to the final, where the country female Under 20 squad, were narrowly beaten by Germany; was also a major influence in the senior Nigeria team who won the African Women’s Championship in October.

Talented Oshoala signed for Liverpool Ladies in January 2015, to become the first African to feature in the Women’s Super League, with the Manager Matt Beard describing her as one of the world young top footballers.

The BBC World Controller, English Service, Mary Hockaday, eulogized Oshoala positing that, she has proved herself as a “formidable talent on the pitch.”


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