Nigeria striker Asisat Oshoala has been announced winner of the maiden BBC Women footballer of the Year award on Tuesday. Oshoala beat top women stars - Spain’s Verónica
Boquete, German Nadine Kessler, Kim Little of
Scotland as well as veteran Brazilian star Marta -
to win the individual award after raking the
highest votes of BBC World Service listeners.
The reigning African Women Footballer of the
Year became the first African-based footballer to
play in the English Women's Super League after
joining Liverpool Ladies from Rivers Angels of Port
The 20-year-old shone with her superb form at
the 2014 U20 Women's World Cup in Canada,
scoring seven goals in six matches. She also
helped her country to win the 2014 African
Women Championship in Namibia as well as her
former club to a domestic double.
The Super Falcons' forward has been an instant
hit since joining the Reds in January, scoring two
goals and several assists for the reigning English
Women Super League champions.
The former FC Robo starlet will hope to achieve
big at the senior international level after her
heroics powered Nigeria to her seventh Fifa
Women's World Cup appearance which starts on
6 June in Canada.
Nigeria will open their World Cup campaign
against Sweden on Monday, June 8.