Nigerian dignitaries have hailed Super Falcons and Barcelona Femini forward Asisat Oshoala after clinching her fourth CAF African Female Footballer of the year award.
The event hosted by the Confederation of African Football on Tuesday in Egypt saw the former Dalian Quanjian player defeat Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout and Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa to equal Nigerian legend Perpetual Nkwocha’s record.
On winning the title, Former Nigerian Sport Minister Barrister Solomon Dalung congratulated her and said that the award was a testament to her hard work and discipline.
“I congratulate you on this very special occasion . This award is a reflection of your resilience and contribution to the growth of football in the country. You’re truly a shining star.
“To whom more is given, more is expected, so having won this award several times, you’re expected to set the tune of exemplary leadership in women’s football. I urge you to inspire and bring hope to young girls in Nigeria who see you as a role model. May your light never grow dim”, Dalung said.
The current minister for youth and sports also took to his verified Twitter handle to celebrate her.
“Congratulations to Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala, Barcelona star for winning the CAF Women footballer of the year award. She represents the best in Nigeria’s female soccer”. He said
The Chairperson of the Nigerian Women Football League Aishat Falode disclosed that, Oshoala’s feat, is a huge encouragement to young and budding talents in the three categories of the Nigeria women’s league ;- the Premier League, the Professional League and the Amateur league.
Falode, urged Oshoala to keep going higher in her strides to greatness in Women’s football at the international level.
“Oshoala, who scored 15 goals in 19 matches, including a goal in the Champions League final, is good enough to win the World Footballer of the Year awards with hard work and dedication.
“It feels good to know that out of the 17 editions of the CAF Women Footballer of The Year Awards, homegrown players from the Nigeria Women Football League have won 12, out of which Mercy Akide won once, Cynthia Uwak won twice and Perpetua Nkwocha and Asisat Oshoala winning four times apiece.
“These are very laudable achievements which the board of the NWFL would definitely improve upon so as to continue the dominance of the Nigerian league over other women’s leagues across the African continent,” Aisha Falode said.
Meanwhile, Perpetual Nkwocha was not left out as she urge Oshoala to break the record and possibly win the global award.
“ I remember vividly when you were asked in an interview who you looked up to as a young star and you called my name. I smiled because I have seen you play. Hmmmmm what do you do is Messi says he look up to you?. You just smile. Congratulations start girl. The world is your feet”. She persuaded
By Hanifat Mustapha