Nigerian International and FC Barcelona Femeni forward, Asisat Oshoala has added another feather to her cap, as her role in the advancement of the women’s game was appreciated.
The Women International Champions Cup, WICC, on Monday honored Asisat Oshoala by naming her in the third annual WICC Best XI alongside fellow footballer Linda Caicedo of Colombia and Deportivo Cali.
Recognizing the contribution of the reigning African Female Footballer of the Year and other awardees, the head of WICC, Susie Flore said “The winners work tirelessly to champion the women’s game, often in spite of great obstacles.
“Without the contributions of the 2022 honorees, the women’s game would not have the explosive growth that we’re seeing today.”
Other awardees include England national team coach Sarina Wiegman, journalists Jeff Kassouf and Anna Kessel, U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone and Ally Chief Marketing Officer Andrea Brimmer.
Asisat Oshoala, on her part remains the most decorated female footballer to come out of Nigeria, and also became the first African female footballer to be nominated for the prestigious Ballon d’Or in August.
Asides these, she is the first African woman to play in the English League where she represented Liverpool and Arsenal. She won the FA Cup with Arsenal Women’s team before leaving for Dalian Quanjian in China.
She is also a record five-time winner of the CAF African Women’s Footballer of the Year award and became first African to score a goal and win a UEFA Women’s Champions League final among others.
However, the 28-year-old is not resting on her laurels, as she has helped keep her team, FC Barcelona Femeni at the top of the rankings after eight matches in the ongoing season.