Today we are shining the spotlight on a woman who dared the status quo and made a difference as a female footballer.
Asisat Lamina Oshoala was born in Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria on the 9th of October, 1994. She is a Nigerian footballer, she was named best player and second top goal scorer with the super falcons team who won the 2014 African women championship. Asisat plays for the Chinese side Dalian Quanjian FC in the Chinese women’s super league. She has gone on to win two African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) titles with the Super Falcons.
She moved to Liverpool Ladies in 2013 and made a great impression before sealing a move to Arsenal Ladies in 2016. In just one season with Arsenal Ladies, she won the FA Women’s Cup before she made the move to China to join Dalian Quanjian FC.
In debut season in China, the Nigeria international player was voted the best striker in the Chinese Women’s Super League after helping Dalian Quanjian FC to a league and Chinese Women’s Super-Cup double.
Oshoala scored 12 league goals as they won the title and she also netted a brace as Dalian Quanjian FC beat Shanghai 5-3 to win the Chinese Women’s Super Cup in November 2017.
These were performances that justified her move to China after she was counted out by many.
January 5 2018 Asisat won the best African women player of the year for the third time at the CAF awards held in Accra, Ghana.
“They said my career was finished when I left Arsenal for China, but here I am tonight. This award is for every young African girl, don’t let them tell you that you can’t do it,” Oshoala said in tears while receiving her award at the CAF Awards
Oshoala now has a foundation that focuses on helping young ones especially the girl child who has a passion for football, the foundation teaches them that they can combine football with their education, the foundation had a major event in 2017.
Asisat is really making waves in the world of sports and even in other sectors as she is an ambassador to some brands in Nigeria.