The BBC recently announced Asisat Oshoala as the winner of the first ever BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award.
President of the Nigerian Football Federation Amaju Pinnock said: “We are so excited and proud of Asisat, she’s just 20, she’s a star in the making.” The 20-year-old forward is the first player to win the new award from the BBC World Service, voted for by football fans around the world. She beat Spain’s Veronica Boquete, German Nadine Kessler, Scot Kim Little and Brazilian Marta to the honour. The award is the first of its kind hosted by a global broadcaster.
Oshoala signed for Liverpool Ladies in January 2015, becoming the first African to feature in the Women’s Super League, with manager Matt Beard calling her “one of the world’s top young footballers”.
Mary Hockaday, controller of BBC World Service English, paid tribute to Oshoala.
“At still only 20, she’s proved herself a formidable talent on the pitch,” she said. “I’m proud BBC World Service is supporting the women’s game and thrilled with the interest in the award.” Find out more here…