Reigning African queen, Oshoala, eyes history
Super Falcons and Liverpool striker, Assisat Oshoala, may mark another historical moment today, as the football world waits to know who will become the first BBC Woman Footballer of the Year.
Oshoala is one of the nominees in the maiden BBC Woman Footballer of the Year award. Other nominees include Spain’s Veronica Boquete, Germany’s Nadine Kessler, Scotland ‘s Kim Little and Brazilian forward, Marta.
The young Nigerian, who won the MVP award at the last FIFA U-2O World Cup, has become one of the best-known names in women football following her sterling performances since joining Liverpool of England this season.
According to some followers of the former Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt star, the stakes might be high for Oshoala when considering the pedigree of the players contending with her.
However, despite the fact she has not featured at the senior World Cup, some soccer pundits believe she has done enough this season to win the crown.
Speaking ahead of the award, former Super Falcons Coach, Godwin Izilien, says Oshoala’s quest to win the BBC award would be a herculean task based on the caliber of those contesting with her. But he also predicted that the Falcons’ striker could win the award if the judges assessed the players on current form.
“Oshoala is qualified for the BBC award, but you should understand that sometimes politics comes to play in selecting the best at the world level. If Oshoala eventually doesn’t win the award, she has a great future ahead of her. She needs to prove her superiority in women football by working hard to be the best at the forthcoming Women World Cup in Canada,” he said.
Also speaking on Oshoala’s chances, former Super Eagles Captain, Henry Nwosu, is optimistic that she would win the BBC award if the judges rated the young striker on her performance in the African Women Championship and English League.
“As it stands now, she remains one of the stars to watch out for in Canada 2015 and I think the organisers know why they nominated her for the award. If she doesn’t win now, I am sure she will get another chances to take it,” he said.
A panel of experts, including administrators, journalists, coaches and former players decided on the finalists, while the winner is decided by readers around the world, who are expected to vote for BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2015 by texting their choice to a particular number. The winner will be unveiled on BBC World Service today.