The super talented Liverpool striker, Asisat Oshoala, is this Wednesday’s Woman Crush.
I have a type: young, talented, with long dreadlocks a la Ava DuVernay. Asisat Oshoala doesn’t wear her hair in dreads but I am blinded by her stellar talent and her youth. At 20, she has played in the two FIFA World Cups as a member of the Falconets and the Super Falcons, and is currently signed to Liverpool Ladies football club, with the club manager, Matt Beard, describing her as one of the “best young players in the world”
Before joining Liverpool, she had made quite a name at home in Nigeria with the Rivers Angels football club, winning Nigerian Women’s Championship 2014 and the Nigerian Women’s Cup 2013 and 2014.
Asisat sure knows her job. She works the ball so effortlessly while advancing the goalpost that her teammates nicknamed her Superzee. But her ultimate goal is to be better than the greatest players in the game, among whom is celebrated Falcons player, Mercy Akide. “It’s a challenge but with hard work, I will get better,” Asisat said in an interview with Supersport.com.
Meanwhile, she has been scoring spectacular goals on the pitch. With 7 goals to her credit, she was named highest goal scorer at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, helping her team to win the silver medal. In the same year, she was named Most Valuable Player and second top goal scorer at the African Women’s Championship. In 2015, she opened her senior FIFA Women’s World Cup appearance with a goal against Sweden. The Guardian anticipated her brilliant outing at the World Cup, by including her among a list of 10 Players to watch at the tournament.
What makes Asisat even more attractive, in addition to her beauty, is her confidence. The girl knows she is talented and she is not seeking a second opinion. Asked by Supersport.com who her favourite Nigerian musician was, she replied, “It has to be Davido. He’s extremely talented and sings with passion. He’s talented too, like me.”
Who can gainsay that? She earned the prerogative to boast when in one year, 2014, she won the African Women’s Youth Player of the Year, the African Women’s Championship Golden Ball and the tournament, the African Women’s Footballer of the Year, the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Golden Boot, the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Golden Ball, and was made a Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) by former President of Nigeria Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. Then she began 2015 by joining a premier English club and winning the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year.
Asisat is not only confident, but she is forgiving and generous. Though her parents did not support her decision to quit school and pursue football fully, she dedicated her MON award to them, and And she is generous, too. And given a million dollars, she has said, she would invest, give to charity, and help family and friends. No wonder I am trying to court her.
She hates dogs because she is a Muslim, and likes Venza because of its built. About the car, a friend once noted that she is so naive, how can her favourite car be a Venza. I would say she is being modest.
Asisat’s seeming fairytale life vaunts its own challenges. Despite her personal accolades, she cried inconsolably when the Falconets lost to the German team at the final of the U-20 World Cup. And despite her best efforts, the Falcons failed to fly at the 2015 World Cup. Fans watching out for her at her club side will be disappointed as she would be out of action for about two months due to knee injury.
Oh, well, it is yet morning in her career is all I can say by way of consolation. She could dispense with the sympathy though. Asisat has described herself as a habitually happy person, saying, “I consider myself a happy girl, because whatever situation I find myself in, I try to be happy”.
Asisat Oshoal scoring a goal against South Africa in 2014: