Meet the New Super Falcons Captain
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Meet the New Super Falcons Captain
Asisat Lamina Oshoala MON (born 9 October 1994) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Spanish Side FC Barcelona Femení in the Primera División as a forward. She was named best player and was the highest goal scorer at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. She was also named best player and second top goalscorer with the Super Falconsteam who won the 2014 African Women's Championship.

ON CLUB

On 23 January 2015, Oshoala joined Liverpool Ladies. Liverpool manager, Matt Beard called her "one of the best young players in the world". Although rumours had linked her with other clubs, she was very happy to join Liverpool.

Oshoala missed two months of the 2015 season with a knee injury, as defending champions Liverpool finished seventh of eight teams. In January 2016 Liverpool reported that a transfer bid from Arsenal Ladies had activated the release clause in Oshoala's contract and that she was discussing personal terms with the London club.

On 10 February 2017, Chinese club Dalian Quanjian F.C. officially signed Oshoala.
On 31 January 2019, Spanish Club, FC Barcelona Femení Women signed Oshoala on a Loan deal till the end of the season.

ON INTERNATIONAL

Oshoala found success as a forward for Nigeria's youth teams but made most of her early appearances for the senior national team as an attacking midfielder. She was nicknamed"Seedorf" after male footballer Clarence Seedorf and has also been referred to as "Superzee" by her teammates.

She was named best player and with seven goals was also the top goal scorer at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. She was also named best player and second top goalscorer with the Super Falcons team who won the 2014 African Women's Championship. She also won the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2015. In 2019 scored the only goal in 4–1 defeat to Lyon in the 2019 UEFA Women's Champions League Final.

In September 2014 Oshoala was made a Member of the Order of the Niger by President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan. On 8 June 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada, Oshoala opened her senior FIFA Women's World Cup account by scoring Nigeria's second goal in a 3–3 draw with Sweden. Oshoala was also a member of the Super Falcons team who won the African Women's Championship in 2016 and 2018. She scored three goals in the 2018 Edition in Ghana.


Compiled by: Emmanuel Ayoola Adetinkan
Published: 18-Sep-2019