Nigeria’s rising star and current African Female Footballer of the year, Asisat Oshoala, has been nominated for the first ever BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award alongside Spain’s Veronica Boquete, Germany’s Nadine Kessler, Brazilian Marta and Kim Little from Scotland.
The award will be decided by public voting which can be done on the BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/womens/wfoty-vote/2015). Voting is open now and closes on May 11 at 09:00 GMT.
“This award is a very good thing for women’s football – it can really help us by encouraging other countries to support their ladies and treat them the same way they treat the men,” said the excited Oshoala.
The 20-year-old Oshoala, who features for Liverpool Ladies FC in the FA Women’s Super League in England, came to the limelight at the 2014 Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada where she netted seven goals winning the Golden Shoe Award.
Her first tournament goal was a 59th minute winner to guide the Falconets past England 2-1 before she scored a brace to ensure a 4-1 victory against New Zealand in the knockout stage.
In the semifinals, her flair and ability to finish in the final third saw her net a remarkable four times in a massive 6-2 win against North Korea to progress to the final against Germany. Even though they lost 1-0 to the Europeans, Oshoala had made her mark and she became the first African player to bag the Golden Ball Award.
To celebrate her nomination for the BBC Award on Sunday, Oshoala netted Liverpool’s opening goal before setting up Norwegian Line Smorsgard as the Merseysiders defeated Manchester City 2-1 to send them to third place on the table standings with six points behind table leaders Chelsea (12) and Arsenal (10).
The winner will be revealed on BBC World Service on May 26 after being decided by a public vote.
A panel of experts – including administrators, journalists, coaches and former players – decided the shortlist.