Oshoala: My Success In China Now Inspiring More Female Footballers

Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala says more female footballers are showing interest in playing in the Chinese Super League because of her exploits with Dalian Quanjian. ‎

The forward who was recently crowned the best female footballer in Africa at the Aiteo CAF Awards enjoyed a memorable year with Quanjian, winning the league and cup titles.

Oshoala also scored 12 goals to emerge as the top scorer and was named the league’s best player.

“Football in China is a different kettle of fish from that in England. However, it is also surprisingly competitive and growing,‎” Oshoala stated in an interview with British news hub, theGuardian.com.‎

“We have more top players moving here from Europe.

“I get messages from different players around the world who want to know what the league is like. Of course, the pay is better but it’s not just about the pay. Lots just want to experience something dramatically different.”

The Super Falcons star further stated that while the overall level of the game in China may be considered lower, it is a more level playing field across the league.

“When you go to England or France you see teams taking 7-0, 8-0 beatings but you don’t get that in China,” she stated.

“It’s much more even. Every team has players in the national team and players from abroad. That’s what you need.

“I think this is one of the best leagues I’ve played in because it’s rare you see games with large margins. It’s difficult and competitive. If you don’t have a strong character and are coming from Europe for the first time, I think you would find it tough to adapt.”

Oshoala, Rohr, Super Eagles Shortlisted For CAF Awards

Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala has for the third year in a row been nominated for the CAF women’s player of the year award.

Oshoala who won the award in 2014 and 2016 will battle it out with South Africa’s Chrestina Kgatlana, Cameroon Gabrielle Aboudi, Rutendo Makore from Zimbabwe and Malawi’s Tabitha Chawinga.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are in contention for the national team of the year, Technical Adviser Gernot Rorh has also been nominated for coach of the year, while the Super Falconets were nominated for the women’s national team of the year.

The winners will be decided by votes from the members of the CAF Technical and Development Committee, CAF media experts panel and independent media and TV consultants.

The Awards Gala will take place on Thursday, 4 January 2018 in Accra, Ghana.

Asisat Oshoala Invites Arsenal Scouts To Lagos For Football Clinic

As part of efforts to develop the game of female football among girls in Lagos, the maiden edition of the Lagos State Secondary Schools Girls Football Clinic will start in November.

The football clinic which is endorsed by the Nigeria Football Federation and the Lagos State Football Association is supported by the Office of the First Lady of Lagos State , her Excellency Mrs Bolanle Ambode in partnership with the reigning African CAF women football of the year Asisat Oshoala as part of her efforts to develop the game of Women’s Football in Lagos.

The five-day event will see scouts and coaches from Arsenal and China visit Lagos to train Lagos State Secondary Schools Girls about the game of football.

About 5,000 girls from different secondary schools are expected to take part in the competition.

Balls, boots, jerseys, school bags and other educational and sports equipment are to be distributed to all participants.


Source: All Nigerian Soccer

Arsenal Ladies Complete Signing Of Oshoala

Arsenal Ladies have completed the signing of Nigeria international Asisat Oshoala.

The 21 year-old striker spent the 2015 season with Liverpool, where she became the first player from Africa to feature in the Women’s Super League. She scored three goals in 12 league appearances for the Reds.

On the international stage, Asisat has represented Nigeria with distinction at youth and senior level. In 2014, she was player of the tournament at both the Under-20 World Cup and the African Women’s Championship. She was also named the BBC’s Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2015.

Manager Pedro Losa said: “Asisat is a fantastic talent and will be a great addition to our squad. She is quick, with excellent feet and has proven she can score goals so it’s very positive she has decided to join us.”