Liverpool Ladies striker Asisat Oshoala has become the first recipient of the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award.
According to The Guardian, the 21-year-old beat off competition from Veronica Boquete of Champions League winners Frankfurt, Wolfsburg’s Nadine Kessler, Kim Little of Seattle, and Brazilian legend Marta in the poll conducted by listeners of BBC World Service.
Oshoala is currently enjoying her first season on Merseyside, having moved from River Angels in January. In the process, the Nigerian became the first African to play in the Women’s Super League.
She came to the attention of the global game after winning both the Golden Boot and Golden Ball at last year’s U20 World Cup. Her total of seven goals in just six games helped her side reach the final, where they were only beaten in extra-time by Germany.
Since her move, she has bagged two goals from the first five games of the season.
The Guardian report that upon receiving her award she said: “I feel very happy and appreciated. It’s a very good thing for me and also motivation for the World Cup. 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.
“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,” she added.