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BBC Award’ll Motivate Me In Canada – Oshoala

Posted: May 27, 2015 at 12:17 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

•Pinnick, Gerrard Congratulate Her

Super Falcons and Liverpool football club striker, Asisat Oshoala, says winning the maiden BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year Award will serve as motivation at the FIFA Women’s World Cup kicking off in Canada on June 6, 2015.



The 20-year old was on Monday named the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year and become the first player to win the new award from the BBC World Service which is voted for by football fans around the world.

She won the award ahead of Spain’s Veronica Boquete, Germany’s Nadine Kessler and Scotland’s Kim Little and also Brazilian forward Marta.

Oshoala in her response after receiving the award in Canada said, “I would like to say thank you to the BBC, to my fans around the world and to everyone who voted. I feel very happy and appreciated.

“It’s a very good thing for me and also motivation for the World Cup.  I had a very good 2014 and had the opportunity of going to the under 20’s Women’s World Cup with Nigeria and also won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot so I think maybe that added to the reason why people voted for me.”

Asked whether she felt the award was a boost before the Women’s World Cup, Oshoala said “It’s a really good thing for us as a team because we know we have something great and now we want to go at the trophy. We can do it, we did it in 2014, we can also do it this year as well.”

Oshoala added: “I think there is going to be a lot of motivation for women’s football in Nigeria now because of the award and because there are a lot of fans out there.  Support for women’s football in Nigeria is now growing very high.”

Accolades are already pouring in for the lady. First is the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, who said he was happy that a Nigerian won the award. The NFF was also not left out, as the body described the award as another feather to her cap.

“It is yet another feather in the cap of the 20–year old, who was named the African Woman Player of the Year and African Youth Player at the Glo-CAF African Football Awards in Lagos in January,” NFF said on its website.

“Last year, the nimble –footed forward was also named the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament as Nigeria reached the final of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada, at which we was also the Top Scorer with seven goals.

“Oshoala was again named Most Valuable Player at the African Women Championship in Namibia in October 2014, as Nigeria won her seventh title, and also finished as the second best scorer with four goals, to compatriot Desire Oparanozie’s five,” NFF said.

Former Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard, also sent his congratulations: “Congratulations to Liverpool Ladies’ Asisat Oshoala on being named BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2015.”

Mary Hockaday, Controller of BBC World Service English, said: “Huge congratulations to Asisat Oshoala on winning the first BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award.  At still only 20, she’s proved herself a formidable talent on the pitch. I’m proud BBC World Service is supporting the women’s game and thrilled with the interest in the Award.  I look forward to seeing who comes through in next year’s shortlist.”