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Oshoala: Nigeria's New Football Heroine Featured

Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00 Written by  Published in Football Read 873 times

She dropped out of school to pursue a career in soccer, though this infuriated her parents, Lagos state born Asisat Oshoala is reaping the dividends of doggedness, and being committed to her dreams.

Now with a national honour, CAF award and several trophies in her kitty, the lanky Super Falcons forward is the undisputed Nigerian football heroine.
When conferred with the honour Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Asisat Oshoala dedicated the national honour to her parents and teammates in the Falconets and Super Falcons.

Reacting after the recognition from the Nigerian government, she said, “It's my second time having a handshake with the President and I am really happy about it, because there are a lot of Nigerians out there wishing to just see him, not to talk of having a hand shake with him. Having this second opportunity to shake hands with him, I am really happy about it, and I know it is the grace of God at work in my life. For me it's a dream come true.”

“I dedicate the award to God Almighty Allah, who has kept and been with me ever since I started playing football up to this moment. I also dedicate the award to my parents and my family, who are always praying for me. I also thank my teammates, especially the U-20 girls, who enabled me to score those goals that gave me the award, not forgetting teammates in Super Falcons and my previous and present team FC Robo and Rivers Angels. I also thank my coaches, who have trained me and made me what I am right now. To my fans and everyone I say thank you”.

Asisat Lamina Oshoala, MON, was born on the  9th October, 1994. She is a home- based soccer player plying her trade with Rivers Angels, Port Harcourt, in the deep southern part of Nigeria.

Oshoala emerged the best player and highest goal scorer at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. Similarly, she emerged the highest goal scorer of the Super Falcons team, which won the 2014 African Women's Championship.

Oshoala became a household name in Nigerian football, owing to her sterling display in Nigeria's female youth teams. She is fondly referred to as “Seedorf" after AC Milan male footballer, Clarence Seedorf

National Team Laurels Asisat Won
•    African Women's Championship Winner: 2014
•    FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Runner-up: 2014

Individual awards
•    African Women's Footballer of the Year: 2014
•    African Women's Youth Player of the Year: 2014
•    FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Golden Boot: 2014
•    FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Golden Ball: 2014

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Kasali Obanoyen

Obanoyen is at the National Professional Football League (NPFL), managed by the League Management Company (LMC).