Women's Sport: Nigeria's International Women's football star Asisat Oshoala wants to create her own legacy

Asisat Oshoala was named the 2019 Confederation of African Football’s Women’s Player of the Year on Tuesday. The Nigerian has said she wants to ‘create her own history’.

This is the fourth time the Super Falcons’ Captain has won the award, equalling the record of fellow Nigerian Perpetua Nkwocha. 

Nkwocha, who is the current manager of Clemensnäs IF in Sweden’s fourth tier, claimed the award back-to-back in 2004 and 2005 and again in 2010 and 2011.

Last year saw Oshoala initially joined Spanish side Barcelona on loan, before making making the deal permanent in May. She has scored 10 goals in 13 appearances so far for Blaugranes. Her international campaign saw her help guide Nigeria to the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup in France.

The 25-year-old said the following on her win:

“I am really excited – proud of myself, four times is something to always remember.

“It keeps me going but of course there is still more work to do, I want to create my own history and not just equal someone else’s record – I’m going to give my best to create mine.”

Barcelona’s number 20, who was victorious in winning the award in 2014, 2016, and 2017, faced tough competition from Valerenga and Cameroon forward Ajara Nchout as well as the 2018 winner Thembi Kgatlana who plays for Beijing BG Peonix and South Africa.

Oshoala explained she did not take the fourth victory for granted.

“I was actually tense about it, but it was a historic night for me,” she said.

The 25-year-old has previously played for both Liverpool and Arsenal Women, and was named player of the tournament at the 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup – a competition she was top goalscorer in with seven goals.

This is just a few of the several impressive accolades Oshoala has won in her career so far, which also includes; the Women’s FA Cup with Arsenal in 2015, the Chinese Women’s Super League in 2017 with Dalian Quanjian, and the African Women’s Championship in 2014. 2017. and 2018.

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