Barcelona Femi of Spain attacker, Asisat Oshoala has found her name cited in another feature write-up by world soccer governing body, FIFA, which noted her involvement in a game against Athletic Bilbao, watched by 32,068 spectators, as her side enacted their 15th win of the season, megasportsarena.com reports.
The encounter came before Oshoala took her massive haul of goals to 14 with four strikes in one game last weekend, before which she helped her side as a substitute, as they notched three-plus goals in 11 consecutive outings, to book a quarter-final spot against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Women’s Champions League and open up a seven-point gap over the same team.
Less than two days after FIFA’s report came on their official website, Oshoala celebrated her record-equaling fourth CAF Player of the Year Award by scoring four goals against CD Tacon in the Spanish women’s top-flight league to take her tally to 14 goals thus far.
‘Super Zee’ helped the league leaders trounce Tacon 6-0 by grabbing a brace in each half, as the 25-year-old lass opened scoring after just two minutes, before she made it 2-0 after 19 minutes, then got her hat-trick two minutes after the break and netted her fourth goal on 63 minutes.
Oshoala has now hit six goals in two matches this year, while her team now enjoy a seven-point gap at the top of the table after they narrowly missed out on the championship last season, such that FIFA will have a lot more to write about her, added to the stats released last weekend.
The FIFA citation read: “32,068 watched substitute Asisat Oshoala’s late double inspire a 3-0 win at Athletic Bilbao that ensured Barça, who boast Lieke Martens, Caroline Hansen and Jenni Hermoso, have scored three-plus goals in 11 consecutive outings.
“15 successive wins is what Barcelona have registered to book a UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid and open up a seven-point gap over the same team, who are chasing a fourth straight title, at the Primera Division Femenina summit.”
This comes at a point a related report noted that FIFA will pay compensation to Barcelona for releasing Oshoala to Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the 2019 Women’s World Cup which was held in France last summer.
The report by allnigeriasoccer.com reports recalled how FIFA launched the Women’s World Cup Club Benefits Programme in 2019 to reward those clubs playing a role in the development of the women’s game.
The report adds: “For the 2019 edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Benefits Programme, the total amount of US$8.48 million will be paid in rewards to clubs and this is part of FIFA’s overall contribution of US$50 million for the World Cup in France.
“Using Super Falcons captain, Oshoala as an example, Nigerian clubs FC Robo, Rivers Angels and Women’s Super League sides Liverpool and Arsenal are entitled to receive half of the benefits since she played for those teams before she celebrated her 22nd birthday, while the other half goes to Primera División club Barcelona.
“FIFA has instructed the Nigeria Football Federation to transfer the amount in question directly to the Nigerian clubs that contributed players, such as Rivers Angels, Nasarawa Amazons, Bayelsa Queens and Robo Queens, on or before January 15, 2020 as the money has already been remitted to the local football regulator.”