Asisat Oshoala

Asisat Lamina Oshoala MON (born 9 October 1994) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Spanish Side FC Barcelona Femení in the Primera División as a forward.[4] She was named best player and was the highest 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.

Asisat Oshoala himibra
Asisat Oshoala 20190421 (cropped)
Oshoala with Barcelona in 2019
Personal information
Full name Asisat Lamina Oshoala[1]
Date of birth 9 October 1994 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Ikorodu, Nigeria
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
FC Barcelona Femení
Number 20
Youth career
FC Robo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 FC Robo
2013–2015 Rivers Angels
2015 Liverpool Ladies 9 (3)
2016 Arsenal Ladies 11 (2)
2017–2018 Dalian Quanjian F.C. ? (23)
2019Barcelona (loan) 7 (7)
2019– Barcelona 0 (0)
National team
2011– Nigeria 17[3] (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 5, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:00, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

Club career

On 23 January 2015, Oshoala joined Liverpool Ladies. Liverpool manager, Matt Beard called her "one of the best young players in the world".[5] Although rumours had linked her with other clubs, she was very happy to join Liverpool.[6]

Oshoala missed two months of the 2015 season with a knee injury, as defending champions Liverpool finished seventh of eight teams.[7] In January 2016 Liverpool reported that a transfer bid from Arsenal Ladies had activated the release clause in Oshoala's contract and that she was discussing personal terms with the London club.[8][9]

On 10 February 2017, Chinese club Dalian Quanjian F.C. officially signed Oshoala.[10]

On 31 January 2019, Spanish Club, FC Barcelona Femení Women signed Oshoala on a Loan deal till the end of the season.[11]

International career

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.[12][13]

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.[14][15] She also won the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2015. In 2019 scored the only goal in 4–1 defeat to Lyon in the champion leagues final.

In September 2014 Oshoala was made a Member of the Order of the Niger by President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan.[16] 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. Oshoala was also a member of the Super Falcons team who won the African Women's Championship in 2016 and 2018. She scored three goals in the 2018 Edition in Ghana.

Personal life

Oshoala incurred the wrath of her parents when she dropped out of school to pursue a football career.[17] She is Muslim.[18]

Honours

International

Nigeria

Club

Rivers Angels
Arsenal
Dalian Quanjian F.C.

Individual

References

  1. ^ "List of Players – Nigeria" (PDF). FIFA. 4 August 2014. p. 14. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b "List of Players – 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Profile". FIFA.com. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Oshoala off to China". SuperSport. 11 February 2017. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Asisat Oshoala: Liverpool Ladies sign Nigerian prospect". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  6. ^ Kessel, Anna (21 March 2015). "Happiness lies with Liverpool for Nigerian superstar Asisat Oshoala". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  7. ^ Currie, Jo (13 October 2015). "Liverpool Ladies: Injuries 'impacted' on season, says Beard". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Nigerian striker Oshoala to hold talks with Arsenal". Liverpool L.F.C. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Liverpool Ladies Accept Arsenal's Bid For Asisat Oshoala | Wolexis Sports Blog". www.wolexis.com. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  10. ^ 权健女足引进强力外援 二人均来自欧洲联赛. sina weibo (in Chinese). Dalian Quanjian Official Weibo. 10 February 2017. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  11. ^ https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/01/asisat-oshoala-joins-barcelona-from-dalian-quanjian/amp/
  12. ^ "Oshoala: #HappyGirlAlways". FIFA. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Super Zee crests the globe". The Nation. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Nigeria reclaim African women's title". BBC Sport. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  15. ^ Oludare, Shina (25 October 2014). "Asisat Oshoala named Africa Women Championship Most Valuable Player". Goal.com. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  16. ^ Ahmadu, Samuel (29 September 2014). "Asisat Oshoala dedicates national award to parents, mates". Goal.com. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  17. ^ Taylor, Louise (5 June 2015). "Women's World Cup 2015: 10 players to watch". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  18. ^ Wejinya, Sammy (25 October 2014). "Q & A with Asisat Oshoala". SuperSport. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  19. ^ Hunter, Steve (26 May 2015). "Oshoala wins top BBC accolade". Liverpool F.C. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  20. ^ Enyeama, Oshoala King and Queen at Nigeria Pitch Awards
  21. ^ a b Njoku, Humphrey (9 January 2015). "Oshoala wins Caf player award". SuperSport. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  22. ^ AfricaNews (7 January 2017). "[LIVE] Algerian Riyad Mahrez is 2016 African Player of the Year". Africanews. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  23. ^ "Mohamed Salah: Liverpool and Egypt forward named African Player of the Year". BBC Sport. 2018.
  24. ^ "Oshoala, Oparanozie claim individual honours". CAF. Retrieved 23 January 2015.

External links

2014 African Women's Championship

The 2014 African Women's Championship, the 11th edition of the tournament, was held in Namibia. This tournament, organized by the Confederation of African Football, was also a qualification tournament for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, with top three qualifying for the finals in Canada. It was played on 11–25 October 2014.

The tournament marked the first participation of Namibia in the African championship. Also for the first time the defending champions, Equatorial Guinea, were not taking part after failing to win their last qualifying round match.Nigeria defeated Cameroon 2–0 in the final to win their ninth title.

2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

The 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup was an international association football tournament and the world championship for women's national teams under the age of 20, presented by Grant Connell, organized by the sport's world governing body FIFA. It was the seventh edition of the tournament, took place from 5–24 August 2014 in Canada, which was named the host nation for the tournament in conjunction with its successful bid for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Canada was the first country to stage this tournament twice, after hosting the inaugural edition in 2002.

Germany beat Nigeria 1–0 after extra time in the final. Germany won its third title while Nigeria lost their second final.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group D

Group D of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup consisted of the United States, Australia, Sweden and Nigeria. Matches were played from 8 to 16 June 2015.

2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations

The 2016 Women Africa Cup of Nations was the 12th edition of the Africa Women Cup of Nations, the biennial international football championship organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the women's national teams of Africa. The tournament was held in Cameroon between 19 November and 3 December 2016. The initial dates were 8–22 October 2016, but were changed due to weather considerations. A total of eight teams played in the tournament.On 6 August 2015, the CAF Executive Committee decided to change the name of the tournament from the African Women's Championship to the Africa Women Cup of Nations, similar to the men's version, Africa Cup of Nations.

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Group A

Group A of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup took place from 7 to 17 June 2019. The group consisted of hosts France, Nigeria, Norway and South Korea. The top two teams, France and Norway, along with the third-placed team, Nigeria (as one of the four best third-placed teams), advanced to the round of 16.

Africa Women Cup of Nations

The Total Africa Women Cup of Nations (known as the African Women's Championship until 2015) is an international women's football competition held every two years and sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). It was first contested in 1991, but was not held biennially until 1998. Nigeria is the most successful nation in the tournament's history, having won a record 11 titles, meaning they have won all but two of the previous tournaments. Ghana hosted the tournament in 2018.The competition has served as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women's World Cup every other tournament since its inception in 1991.

African Women's Footballer of the Year

African Women Footballer of the Year, an annual award for Africa's best female football player. It is awarded by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in December each year. Nigerian Perpetua Nkwocha won the award a record four times. The award was given out for the first time in 2001.

Anam Imo

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BBC Women's Footballer of the Year

The BBC Women's Footballer of the Year is an annual award given to the best women's footballer of the year. Finalists are shortlisted by women's football media experts, and the winner is decided by fan voting from all around the world.

CAF Awards

The CAF Awards is an awards evening held to honour the best African association football players. It is conferred by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Chinese Women's Super League

The Chinese Women's Super League (CWSL) is the top level women's football league in China. It was called the Chinese Women's National Football League from 2011 to 2014.

FC Robo

FC Robo International, owners of FC Robo Queens is a privately owned professional football club from Lagos, Nigeria. Founded on the 19th of April, Osahon Emmanuel Orobosa, a veteran of the Nigerian football league, primarily as a football academy for boys but soon expanded to accommodate soon expanded to accommodate girls/women program, a decision which has since proven to be very positive for the club as her current popularity and growing-base (Nationally and Internationally) is largely due to the successful exploits of her female team (FC Robo Queens).FC Robo Queens is a women's association football club based in Mushin Lagos State, Nigeria and a member of the Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL) and have competed in the Nigeria Women Premier League, the highest division for women association football in the country.

Through FC Robo Queens, the club has contributed immensely to the women’s game in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large having produced several talented players for the Nigerian national team and a host of professional women clubs across the globe. BBC and Two-time African footballer of the year, Asisat Oshoala, along with Esther Sunday, Rashidat Ajibade, Aminat Yakubu are all products of the club's academy program and youth program.

Asisat Oshoala is also an ambassador of the club in 2016, a move to help uplift the business brand and image of the club.

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

The FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup is an international association football tournament, organized by FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), for national teams of women under the age of 20. The tournament is held in even-numbered years. It was first conducted in 2002 as the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship with an upper age limit of 19. In 2006, the age limit was raised to the current 20. The event was renamed as a World Cup effective with the 2008 competition, making its name consistent with FIFA's other worldwide competitions for national teams.

Starting with the 2010 edition, tournaments held in years immediately preceding the FIFA Women's World Cup are awarded as part of the bidding process for the Women's World Cup. In those years, the U-20 Women's World Cup serves as a dry run for the host nation of the Women's World Cup, a role similar to that of the FIFA Confederations Cup in the men's game.

List of Nigeria women's international footballers

This is a list of Nigeria women's international footballers who have played for the Nigeria women's national football team since the first match in 1991.

List of foreign FA Women's Super League players

The FA Women's Super League (FA WSL or WSL) is the highest league of women's football in England. The league, which started in 2011, was divided in two separate divisions (WSL 1 and WSL 2) from 2014; only the WSL 1 is considered in this list. The following players must meet both of the following two criteria:

Have played at least one FA WSL game. Players who were signed by WSL clubs, but only played in lower league, cup and/or European games, or did not play in any competitive games at all, are not included.

Are considered foreign, i.e., outside United Kingdom, or Ireland determined by the following:A player is considered foreign if she is not eligible to play for the national teams of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or The Republic of IrelandMore specifically:

If a player has been capped on international level, the national team is used; if she has been capped by more than one country, the highest level (or the most recent) team is used. These include British/Irish players with dual citizenship.

If a player has not been capped on international level, her country of birth is used, except those who were born abroad from British parents or moved to the United Kingdom at a young age, and those who clearly indicated to have switched her nationality to another nation.Clubs listed are those for which the player has played at least one FA WSL game.

In bold: players who have played at least one FA WSL game in the current season (2018–19), and the clubs for which they have played. They include players who have subsequently left the club, but do not include current players of a WSL club who have not played a WSL game in the current season.

Last updated: FA WSL matches played on 24 March 2019.

Nigeria Pitch Awards

The Nigeria Pitch Awards are awards presented to Nigerian former and present sports people, administrators and journalists in recognition of their positive contributions to sports in Nigeria. Initiated by Matchmakers Consult International Limited and approved by the Nigeria Football Federation, the first Nigeria Pitch Awards ceremony was held on November 16, 2013 in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.

Nigeria women's national football team

The Nigeria national women's football team, nicknamed the Super Falcons (parallel to the men's Super Eagles epithet), is the national team of Nigeria and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation.

Rivers Angels F.C.

Rivers Angels F.C. (formerly Larry Angels F.C.) is a Nigerian football club based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. They play in the Nigeria Women Premier League, the top flight division in the female soccer league system. It is one of the most successful Nigerian female clubs with 4 federation cup titles in 2013.

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