NIGERIA’s ASISAT OSHOALA SETS NEW AFRICAN RECORD AT THE CAF AWARDS IN RABAT.
Written by AIGBOKHAEBHO OKHUELEIGBE on July 22, 2022
Super Falcons and FC Barcelona Femeni striker, Asisat Oshoala has won the CAF Best Female Player of the Year for a record fifth time.
The award ceremony took place in Rabat, Morocco on Thursday night. Oshoala is now the sole record holder for the most award wins, thus stamping her authority on the continent. The 27-year-old equaled countrywoman Perpetua Nkwocha’s fourth CAF Women’s Player of the Year Award at the 2019 Awards Gala.
She defeated Zambia’s Grace Chanda and Ajara Nchout Njoya of Cameroon to claim the CAF Women’s Player of The Year Award
The Barcelona Femeni striker has had a very rewarding season despite having an injury laden season. Earlier, she claimed the Pichichi award in the colours of her club-side for emerging the highest goalscorer in the Spanish first division of women football, scoring 20 league goals along the way. She got all 20 league goals in just 12 starts of her 19 league appearances for the 2021-22 season.
After receiving the award, she said;
It’s a record-breaking night for me as an Individual and for Africa as a whole. I’ve got five, FIVE!
I want to thank everyone who helped me out in my career. The 2021-22 season was really tough for me.
This year made me realise if you don’t fall, you don’t know the power of comeback. Special thanks to my teammates at FC Barcelona and the national team, the best team in the world Super Falcons.
Also, thanks to my (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, for always helping us and making sure we can do our stuff on the pitch. I want to dedicate this award to the Super Falcons team, who showed the world their hard work even though they were two women down.