Super Falcons star, Asisat Oshoala has once again put Africa on the map as she gets nominated for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.
The 27-year-old is part of the 20 players nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or award in the Women’s category.
Oshoala won the La liga unbeaten with FC Barcelona Femeni in the 2021/22 season as well as the Spanish Cup.
She also helped her team to the final of the Women’s UEFA Champions League and was a second half substitute in the final loss to Olympique Lyon Women team.
However, her individual achievements with in her club include winning the Pichichi award for the Highest goal scorer in the Spanish league, scoring 20 goals in just 21 appearances.
With Nigeria, she was part of the Super Falcons squad that finished 4th in this year’s Women African Cup of Nations, though she had an abrupt end to the tournament after she got injured in the first group stage game against South Africa.
Even with her short performance at the WAFCON, she did enough to win her record setting fifth African Player of the Year award (women category), becoming the first player (male or female) to win the award five times.
Full Nominee List
Selma Bacha (Lyon, France)
Aitana Bonmati (Barcelona, Spain)
Millie Bright (Chelsea, England)
Lucy Bronze (Barcelona, England)
Kadidiatou Diani (Paris St-Germain, France)
Christiane Endler (Lyon, Chile)
Ada Hegerberg (Lyon, Norway)
Marie-Antoinette Katoto (Paris St-Germain, France)
Sam Kerr (Chelsea, Australia)
Catarina Macario (Lyon, United States)
Beth Mead (Arsenal, England)
Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal, Netherlands)
Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave, United States)
Lena Oberdorf (Wolfsburg, Germany)
Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona, Nigeria)
Alexandra Popp (Wolfsburg, Germany)
Alexia Putellas (Barcelona, Spain)
Wendie Renard (Lyon, France)
Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit, United States)
Fridolina Rolfo (Barcelona, Sweden)
Beth Mead was stunning as she won player of the tournament and the golden boot at Euro 2022. She impressed for Arsenal in the last WSL campaign.
Lucy Bronze is another English player who tarred in the Euro win and for Barcelona in their La liga triumph.
Present holder, Alexia Putellas is also among the nominees and also flourished with FCB Femeni alongside Oshoala. Like Oshoala, she also faced similar fate as she was sidelined for most of the EURO tournament.
Sam Kerr started for Chelsea as her goals was vital to winning the WSL. Arsenal’s forward Viviane Modena is also a strong contender for the award.
Ada Hegerberg is a past winner and is included after battling back from serious injury and helping Lyon to Champions League glory.
Selma Bacha, Lena Oberdorf, Kadidiatou Diani, and Catarina Macario were also vital to Lyon winning the Champions League.
Alexandra Popp was also a top performer for Germany at the last Euros, helping her team reach the final and also flourishing at Wolfsburg.
Asisat Oshoala will have to compete against very good players to win this prestigious award.
However, considering achievements and performance of Oshoala and other nominees, the African football queen is expected to be in the top 10 at the final rankings.
The winner will be crowned at the Ballon d’Or ceremony on October 17 in Paris.