Barcelona Femeni of Spain attacker, Asisat Oshoala has received the right token to overcome her recent inability to captain Nigeria into the next stage of the Olympic Games qualifiers, as she got a special birthday message from the league body in the country where she plies her trade.
Although Oshoala’s club participate in the Spanish women’s top-flight league, under the tag of Primera Iberdrola, the message on her 25th birthday came from the male league’s body, La Liga Santander, with lofty words that evoked excitement for the Super Falcons’ captain, with Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) also following suit with a commendable message of their own.
Megasportsarena.com can report that it was another epochal moment for Asisat Lamina Oshoala (Super Zee), born 9 October 1994, who was named best player and highest goals scorer at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, as well as best player and second top scorer with the Falcons’ team that won the 2014 African Women’s Championship, after which she was named the continent’s player of the year.
Oshoala, who went on to be crowned African Women Footballer of The Year on two other occasions, thereby taking her haul to three, first found success as a forward for Nigeria’s youth teams but made most of her appearances for the senior national team as an attacking midfielder.
In September 2014, Oshoala was awarded Member of the Order of Niger (MON) by then Nigeria president, Dr Ebele Goodluck Jonathan and, on 8 June 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada, she got her first goal at the FIFA Women’s World Cup with the Falcons’ second in a 3-3 draw with Sweden.
Oshoala, who was also a member of the Falcons’ team that won the African Women’s Cup of Nations in 2016 and 2018, was one of Nigeria’s leading scorers en route to the country’s ninth title last year in Ghana, where she scored three goals in the showpiece competition.
She also won the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2015 and scored the only goal in a 4-1 loss by Barca to Olympique Lyon of France in the 2019 UEFA Women’s Champions League final, few months after arriving in Spain on loan from Quanjian, who eventually sold her outright, following which Oshoala has enacted a rain of goals in the league formerly called Liga Femenina Iberdrola.
La Liga took to social media to reel out their goodwill to Oshoala on Wednesday, just two days after she led Nigeria to a third straight failure in reaching the Olympics, following a 1-1 draw at home against Cote d’Ivoire, but the former FC Robo Queens of Lagos, Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt, Arsenal and Liverpool Ladies of England as well as Dalian Quanjian of China star will now take consolation in knowing that she is actually making an impact at club level in Spain.
The captivating message on the Spanish league’s verified official handle @LaLigaEN read: “An @FCBfemeni & @NGSuper_Falcons striker is celebrating! Happy 25th birthday @AsisatOshoala! #PrimeraIberdrola.”
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) added a tweet of their own to mark the day: “Happy birthday to 3X Africa Women’s Player of the Year, @NGSuper_Falcons captain, @AsisatOshoala.”