BY TIAMIYU NURAYN ADEYINKA
African Women’s Footballer of the Year 2017, Asisat Oshoala says the award is important to her because her career didn’t with her move from England to as many opined.
The Dalian Quanjian F.C. striker said this after receiving the award for the third time at CAF/Aiteo Awards 2017 in Accra, Ghana on Thursday.
“This is one of the emotional moments in my career. It’s important for one reason, when I moved from Arsenal to China, many said my career was over. But here am I today. To all the young players in Africa, don’t let anyone talk you down. Chase your dream with hard work”, stated the former FC Robo player, who had earlier bagged the award in 2014 and 2016.
She joined the league of accomplished Nigerian female footballers to have won the prestigious awards, such Mercy Akide (2001), Cynthia Uwak (2006, 2007) and Perpetua Nwocha(2004, 2005, 2010, 2011)
Oshoala first won the award in 2014, when she also won Queen of The Pitch Award, African Women’s Youth Player of the Year, African Women’s Championship Golden Ball, FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Golden Boot and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Golden Ball.
She was named BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2015 and carted home 2017 Chinese Women’s Super League Top scorer award.
Egypt and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah beat Pierre Aubamenyang and Liverpool teammate Mane to the Africa Footballer of the Year Award while Nigeria’s Al Ahly attacking midfielder, Junior Ajayi was named in CAF IX.