When the reigning African Women’s Player of the Year (2016) Asisat Oshoala made up her mind to take up professional football as a means of living, she got little of her mother’s support.
The reasons were only known to her mother, “parents want the best for their kids,” so goes the popular parental saying.
Mrs. Oshoala wanted the best for her young daughter, but Asisat knew what was good for her as a girl filled with passion for football.
With many laurels, Asisat’s mother was full of joy and thanked Almighty Allah for the success recorded by her daughter on the pitch.
Recently, Asisat Oshoala grabbed her second African Women’ s Player of the Year award on the back of her goals as Nigeria retained their continental crown in Cameroon.
The Arsenal Ladies star won her first when she also helped the Super Falcons emerge African champions in 2014.
Oshoala found success as a forward for Nigeria’s youth teams but made most of her early appearances for the senior national team as an attacking midfielder.
She was nicknamed “Seedorf” after male footballer Clarence Seedorf and has also been referred to as “Superzee” by her teammates.
She was named best player and with seven goals was also the top goal scorer at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
She was also named best player and second top goalscorer with the Super Falcons team who won the 2014 African Women’s Championship.
She also won the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2015.
In September 2014 Oshoala was made a Member of the Order of the Niger by President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan.
On 8 June 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada, Oshoala opened her senior FIFA Women’s World Cup account by scoring Nigeria’s second goal in a 3–3 draw with Sweden.
List of Awards won by Asisat Oshoala
- BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year: 2015
- Queen of The Pitch Award: 2014
- African Women’s Footballer of the Year: 2014,
- African Women’s Youth Player of the Year: 2014
- African Women’s Championship Golden Ball: 2014
- FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Golden Boot: 2014
- FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Golden Ball: 2014
- African Women’s Player of the Year: 2016