Biography of Asisat Lamina Oshoala,Origin,Education,Career,Clubs,Goals,Awards,Trophies,Family
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Biography of Asisat Lamina Oshoala Asisat Lamina Oshoala MON, is a Nigerian professional
footballer who currently plies her trade with the Spanish side FC Barcelona Femení in the
Primera División. She was born in Ikorodu Lagos on the 9th of
October, 1994. She won the best player award 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 Nigerian female team
that won the 2014 African Women’s Championship. Oshoala started her career at the Nigerian
Lower Division side FC Robo before moving up to join Rivers Angels in 2013 where she
spent two years. On the 23rd of January 2015, Oshoala joined
English club side Liverpool Ladies. Liverpool manager, Matt Beard speaking about Oshoala,
called her “one of the best young players in the world”.
Although there were rumours that had linked her with other clubs, she was very happy to
join Liverpool. Oshoala became the first African female to play in the Women’s Super League
after her signing. In the 2015-2016 season, Oshoala missed two
months due to a knee injury. Liverpool which were defending champions finished seventh
of eight teams at the end of the season. Oshoala was able to record three goals in
twelve league appearances. Oshoala was very impressive in her debut season
in the Women’s Super League leading to her winning the BBC Women’s Footballer of the
Year award in 2015. In January 2016 Liverpool announced that Arsenal
ladies had made a bid for Oshoala. Upon her move to Arsenal, she helped the
Gunners win the Women’s FA Cup at Wembley in May 2016
After a brief stint with Arsenal, on the 10th of February 2017, Oshoala officially signed
for Chinese club Dalian Quanjian F.C. She ended the season as the Chinese Women’s
Super League top scorer in 2017 with 12 goals to help her club win the title same year.
On the 31st of January 2019, Spanish club FC Barcelona Female team made a move and signed
Oshoala on a loan deal until the end of the season.
During her four-month loan, she proved how resourceful a player she is and helped Barcelona
reach the Uefa Women’s Champions League final, scoring eight goals in 11 appearances.
She registered Barcelona’s only goal in a 4–1 defeat to Lyon in the 2019 UEFA Women’s
Champions League Final. Her appearance in the finals made her the
first African female to play and score in the UEFA Women’s Champion’s League final.
On the 31st of May 2019, Barcelona made permanent her transfer to the club and extended her
contract until 2022. Oshoala was very successful as a forward for
Nigeria’s youth teams. However most of her early appearances for the senior national
team was as an attacking midfielder. Her team mates nicknamed her “Seedorf” after
male footballer Clarence Seedorf. They also call her “Superzee”.
In September 2014 Oshoala was honoured by being made a Member of the Order of the Niger
(MON) by President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria. On the 8th of June 2015 at the FIFA senior women’s World Cup in Winnipeg Canada, Oshoala
scored Nigeria’s second goal as they drew 3-3 with Sweden.
She was also a member of the Super Falcons team who emerged champions at the African
Women’s Championship in 2016 and 2018. She registered three goals in the 2018 edition
in Ghana. Oshoala is an adherent of the Islamic faith.
She incurred the anger of her parents when she decided to drop out of school to pursue
a football career. No doubts her parents are currently proud
given how successful she turned out with her chosen career. Oshoala is the recipient of several honours
and awards. Internationally, she has won 3 African Women’s
Championships with Nigeria (2014, 2016, 2018). She was part of the team that finished as
runner-up in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
While still playing for Nigerian club Rivers Angels, she won the Nigerian Women’s Championship
in 2014 and the Nigerian Women’s Cup twice in 2013 and 2014.
With Arsenal she won the FA Women’s Cup in the 2015–16 season. She also won the
Chinese Women’s Super League with Dalian Quanjian F.C. in 2017.
Her individual awards include: Aiteo CAF Best Player Award 2017(Female Category)
BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year: 2015 Queen of The Pitch Award: 2014
African Women’s Footballer of the Year: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019 and many others.
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