WCW: Super Falcons Captain, Asisat Oshoala

Asisat Oshoala defied the odds to become a professional female footballer- one of the best of her generation. In addition to her professional accolades, she is a single parent and a philanthropist.

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Born Asisat Lamina Oshoala on the 9th of October 1994 into a Muslim family in the Ikorodu suburb of Lagos State. Oshoala became a professional footballer against the original will of her parents and from the lowly streets of Mushin, Lagos to Rivers state, England, China, and Spain, she has rocked football grounds with easy on the skills that often bamboozle defenders, and outrageous strikes that awe spectators.

Oshoala poses with her FIFA Women’s U-20 Golden Boot

Asisat is a single parent to her daughter, and currently plays as a striker for Spanish side FC Barcelona Femení in the Primera División and captains the Nigerian national team, The Super Falcons. A four-time African Women’s Footballer of the Year winner, she was named BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2015

She won the 2015 FA Women’s Cup with English side Arsenal Ladies; two league championships and a cup title with Chinese outfit, Dalian; and the 2019/20 Copa de la Reina and 2019/20 Supercopa de España Femenina with Barcelona.

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Asisat was the first African (and Nigerian) player to score a goal in a UEFA Women’s Champions League final and has helped Barcelona reach the semi-finals three consecutive years. On the 16th of May 2021, Oshoala became the first African woman to win the UEFA Champions League, after Barcelona defeated Chelsea 4-0 in the finals.

A prolific goal-scorer and a versatile forward, she scored the most goal in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and was named best player at the tournament. She was also named best player and second top goal-scorer with the Super Falcons team who won the 2014 African Women’s Championship.

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Asisat celebrates with her Women’s Champions League Trophy and her medal

In September 2014, Oshoala was made a Member of the Order of the Niger by then President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan. She launched the Asisat Oshoala Foundation in 2019, an organisation focused at grassroot football in Africa, helping aspiring female footballers actualize their dreams. The foundation hosts the annual Asisat Oshoala Foundation Football4girls tournament in Lagos, Nigeria. She is also a NIKE Ambassador was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2021.

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