Her exploits with FC Barcelona femeni earned her a place on the 20-woman shortlist.
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Nigeria’s Oshoala’s exploits with FC Barcelona Femeni earned her a place on the 20-woman shortlist.
The gangling forward achieved the feat at the CAF Awards ceremony that took place in Rabat, Morocco on Thursday.
The final list of nominees that will vie for the top prize will be announced closer to the event.
The Cup holders suffered a 1-2 defeat to South Africa’s Banyana Banyana in the opening match of Group C on Monday and know their work is cut out against table-toppers Botswana, who turned back Burundi 4-2 on Monday night.
The 27-year-old suffered the injury during Nigeria’s 2-1 defeat to South Africa in the opening match on Monday.
The match will air live on StarTimes, an official broadcaster of the tournament.
The Women’s AFCON is Africa’s leading women’s sport competition. It features some of the continent’s top players, including Nigeria (and FC Barcelona) star Asisat Oshoala, Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout Njoya (Inter Milan), South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana (Atletico Madrid) and many other global stars who ply their trade in major United States, European and African Leagues.
Oshoala had humble beginnings, starting her career at Mushin-based club Robo stars. However, she rose to recognition after her exploits at the 2014 Under-20 World Cup where she won the best player award.
Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, defender and captain Onome Ebi, midfielders Rasheedat Ajibade and Toni Payne, and forwards Francisca Ordega, Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala are among those called to the two-week intensive training programme.
The duo filled in Asisat Oshoala’s absence as the Super Falcons took on the sixth-ranked country in the world in the match played at the Starlight Stadium, Langford.
Oshoala’s contract was expiring at the end of the 2021-2022 season but she has extended her stay by a further two seasons, keeping her at the club until June 30, 2024.
The four-time African Women’s Footballer of the Year, 27, injured her left thigh while training with Nigeria’s Super Falcons.
In the cryptic tweet, the FC Barcelona Femení striker wrote, “Life is just unfair…. tired of trying.”
Both teams finished with 10 players after Ghana’s captain Portia Boakye was dismissed for a second bookable offence, and minutes after, Nigeria’s left back Glory Ogbonna was expelled by Ivorian referee Zomadre Sonia Kore.
A brace from Sweden-based Uchenna Kanu gave Nigeria a 2-0 lead from the first leg played at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena on Wednesday, but the Super Falcons realize it is not over yet against one of the fiercest rivals of Nigeria in African football. Wednesday’s game happened on the 70th year anniversary of the football rivalry between both West African giants.
Both fierce continental rivals will slug it out at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in the first leg of this fixture, which will eliminate one of the best teams in women football on the continent and render that team inactive for the next two-and-half years.
In the Group C match, Nigerian Asisat Oshoala haunted her old club with a goal and an assist in their opening group fixture.
Scuttled by the global coronavirus pandemic that has wreaked havoc worldwide since the beginning of year 2020, the third edition of the showpiece event was planned on a smaller scale but blossomed and became magnified as the night wore on.
The 46-year-old, who is the first woman to have won the Women Africa Cup of Nations both as a player and as coach, opined that the tournament will help the six teams to prepare ahead of their AWCON qualifiers.