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Oshoala grabs brace as Barcelona women rout champions Atletico 6-1



(Reuters/)  Nigeria international Asisat Oshoala grabbed a brace as Barcelona continued their rampant start to the Women’s Primera Division season by thrashing champions Atletico Madrid 6-1 on Saturday.

The Catalans had begun the campaign with a 9-1 thrashing of CD Tacon, the club absorbed by Real Madrid.

But they got off to a bad start in their second home game of the season when Amanda Sampedro put Atletico in front in the second minute.

Barca hit back quickly with a penalty from former Atletico player Jenni Hermoso and moved into a 4-1 lead at halftime with goals from Mariona Caldentey and Oshoala plus an own goal from Laia Aleixandri.

Oshoala struck again soon after the interval then Atletico were further embarrassed by a second own goal, by Silvia Meseguer, which completed the rout.

Barcelona are top with seven points from three games, while Atletico have six points. (Reuters/)

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Liga Iberdrola: Oshoala celebrates as Barcelona Women’s team are declared champions 



Asisat Oshoala took to her twitter handle @asisatoshoala to celebrate her Barcelona’s Women team as they were declared champions of the 2019/2020 Spain’s Liga Iberdrola.

“21 games played, 19 won, 2 draws, 0 defeat, 86 goals for, 6 goals against. Top of the league since game day 3,” the four time African Football Player of the Year wrote in twitter.

“I’m just gonna say we have the best team. Congratulations my queens, ever working technical crew, fans all around the world. WE MADE IT ! CHAMPIONS 19/20”.

The team was declared champions on Friday after the national soccer federation’s executive committee agreed to end all non-professional competitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 25-year-old had won the Copa Catalunya last August and Super Women’s Cup in February.

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Oshoala’s brace helps Barcelona win maiden Spanish Super Cup



Asisat Oshoala scored twice to help Barcelona claim her maiden Spanish Super Cup trophy after thrashing Real Sociedad 10-1 on Sunday.

It’s the first title for the team this season and the 25-year old’s 35th and 51st goals added spice to the team’s victory.

It’s the African Footballer of the Year’s first major title since her debut at the club in 2019, scoring 19 goals in 22 matches in all competitions this season.

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Falode celebrates NWPL legend Oshoala over 4th crown



The Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, (NWPL), Aisha Falode, has called on Nigerians to join her to celebrate Asisat Oshoala, who was on Tuesday voted as the CAF African Woman Footballer of The Year.

Falode said in Lagos that the award was well deserved for the Super Falcons Captain and Barcelona FC striker.

“With this feat, Oshoala equalled the record set by fellow Nigerian soccer star, Perpetual Nkwocha, who had also won the women’s award four times in the past.

“Assisat’s earlier CAF awards were won in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

Falode who is full of praise for the excellent player who graduated from the Nigeria Women Football League playing for Lagos-based Nigeria Women Premier League team, FC Robo.

“Oshoala, is the first Nigerian to play in first class international clubsides like Arsenal Ladies, Liverpool Ladies and later Barcelona FC women’s team, topping it all as the Africa Footballer of the Year for the fourth record time.

“I am delighted to know that the former FC Robo of Lagos striker became the second woman in the history of African football to win the prize for a fourth time, next to former Super Falcons player and assistant coach, Perpetual Nkwocha.

“Asisat, won the award on Tuesday beating Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout and South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana.

“Besides equalling Perpetua Nkwocha’s feat, Oshoala also became the second African player, male or female, to win the gong four times between 2010 and 2019 after Cote d’Ivoire’s Yaya Toure,” she said in a statement.

Falode added: “Oshoala’s feat, is a huge encouragement to young and budding talents in the three categories of the Nigeria women’s league; the Premier League, the Professional League and the Amateur league.

“Oshoala should keep going higher in her strides to greatness in Women’s football at the international level.

“Oshoala, who scored 15 goals in 19 matches, including a goal in the Champions League final, is good enough to win the World Footballer of the Year awards with hardwork and dedication.

“It feels good to know that out of the 17 editions of the CAF Women Footballer of The Year Awards, homegrown players from the Nigeria Women Football League have won 12.

“Out of this, Mercy Akide won once, Cynthia Uwak won twice and Perpetua Nkwocha and Asisat Oshoala winning four times apiece,” she said.

Falode said that the feats were laudable achievements which the board of the NWFL would definitely improve upon so as to continue the dominance of the Nigerian league over other women leagues across the African continent.

(Edited by: Peter Ejiofor)

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Mane, Oshoala really deserve their CAF awards, football enthusiasts say



Several football enthusiasts on Wednesday hailed Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala for winning the top awards at the CAF Awards 2019 held on Tuesday in Hurghada, Egypt.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Mane won the Men’s Player of the Year award, while Oshoala won the women’s version of the award after an outstanding calendar year.

Mané won the award for the first time, after beating Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah and Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, while FC Barcelona Women’s Oshoala won for a joint record fourth time.

Having finished behind the Egypt forward in the last two years, Mané became the second Senegalese to win the award after another Liverpool player, El Hadji-Diouf, in 2001 and 2002.

Oshoala, who scored in FC Barcelona Women’s UEFA Champions League final defeat to Lyon, beat Ajara Nchout of Cameroon and South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana to the African women’s top prize.

A cross-section of football enthusiasts, while reviewing the development, told NAN the two recipients were well deserving of the awards, adding that consistency was crucial for them in winning the awards.

Felix Anyansi-Agwu, the Chairman of Enyimba International Football Club of Aba, said Mane and Oshoala, as well as other winners in the various categories, were well deserving of the awards.

“Congrats to Mane and Oshoala. As for Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze, just like every other Nigerian player, they must learn to be consistent if they hope to win future awards.

“Mane really deserves the award, as he did very well in 2019 and was unfortunate not to have won the 2019 FIFA Ballon d’Or.

“Oshoala on her part has been consistent for both club and country and winning the award for a joint record fourth time was no mean feat.

“All other winners in the various categories actually also deserved the awards on merit.

“Many people would have actually argued the fact that Wilfred Ndidi should have been in the Africa First Eleven.

“But the fact still remains that the young man has not done enough this past year to deserve a place in Africa Best XI compared to the ones that are on the list.

“To be sincere, it saddens my heart each year when the African Player of the Year (APOTY) award was being presented to non-Nigerians.

“The last time a Nigerian won the APOTY was 20 years ago and yet we produce players with great potentials on the continent on a yearly basis with nothing to show for it on Africa’s big stage,” he said.

Mohammed Mukhtar, the FCT FA Chairman, on his part said Mane was long overdue for the award.

He added that Oshoala’s joint record fourth win was a clear testimony of her hard work and commitment to the game.

“Both the Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year award winners were the overwhelming favourites, even before the results were announced officially.

“There was no question about the consistent contributions and commitments of both players to their clubs as well as their national teams.

“Mane has been outstanding and consistent for club and country for quite a long time now and same goes for Oshoala,” the FA chairman said.

He however questioned the choice of Morocco‘s Achraf Hakimi over Osimhen, adding that the latter was the overwhelming favourite in the category.

“In my opinion, Osimhen deserved it more. What more consistency do you need from a player who scored 27 goals and seven assists in 45 matches in 2019 (both in Belgium and France).

“In addition, he scored four international goals in five outings with the national side, compared to Hakimi who scored nine goals with seven assists in 42 matches of 2019 for Borussia Dortmund.

“This one was not fair at all,” Mukhtar added.

However, a former Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Kashimawo Laloko, on his part said the country’s football teams underachieved last year.

He insisted that their players did not deserve to win any award on account of that.

In his assessment, Laloko expressed his displeasure at the disappointing showings and believed the country should have performed better, laying the blame at the doorsteps of administrators and coaches.

“As far as I am concerned, we achieved nothing in football in 2019 and thus do not deserve any showing at such a big stage.

“At the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt, we came third and Nigerians were jubilating. But we are supposed to call our football administrators to order, because we should be achieving more.

“During the qualifiers for the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN), for example, it was all marked with controversies and eventually we failed to qualify.

“Coach Imama Amapakabo, who was the same coach for the CHAN tournament, messed us up again. He was accused of using the wrong players and we suffered for it. Now, we will not be at the Olympics in Tokyo.

“Even at the Under-20 World Cup which used to be our area of strength, we failed to make any mark and it was the same for the Under-17 event. There was also the Super Falcons’ failure to qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” he said.

(Edited by: Remi Koleoso and Olawale Alabi)

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CAF Awards 2019: Mane, Oshoala crowned king, queen of Africa



Liverpool and Senegal star Sadio Mane and Nigeria and FC Barcelona Women forward Asisat Oshoala have picked up the top awards for African Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year respectively.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that both players were crowned at a star-studded ceremony in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada in Egypt on Tuesday.

Mané won the award for the first time after beating club teammate Mohamed Salah and Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez.

Also, Oshoala was named as women’s player of the year for a record fourth time.

The Senegal forward received his award from four-time winner Samuel Eto’o at the ceremony which was also attended by former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, although Salah was not in attendance.

Having finished as runner-up to the Egypt forward for the last two years, Mané becomes the second Senegalese to win the award, after another Liverpool player, El Hadji-Diouf, in 2001 and 2002.

Mane was Senegal’s main man at the 2019 AFCON where he netted three goals on the Teranga Lions’ path to the final match where they lost by a solitary goal to Algeria.

He netted a brace in the 3-0 group phase victory over Kenya and added one more in the round of 16 1-0 win over Uganda.

He was also a vital part of the team as they beat Benin and Tunisia in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively, his influence playing a big role in Senegal’s run to the final.

“To be honest I will prefer to be playing football than speaking in front of so many people,” said Mané.

“I’m really happy and really proud at the same time. I will like to thank my family, especially my uncle who is here today.

“It is a big day for me and I will love to thank all the Senegalese people who have been voting for me. I’m from a very small village called Bambali and I’m sure they are all watching me tonight.”

Oshoala, who scored in FC Barcelona Women’s Champions League final defeat to Lyon, was also delighted to be recognised.

“Grateful to be African Women’s Player of the year for the fourth time,” she wrote on Twitter.

“(I) thank God, my family, friends and fans for the support. Big shoutout to my club, my management, team mates at both national team and club level and of course thanks to @CAF_Online for the opportunity.”

Algeria were named as men’s team of the year, with Djamel Belmadi picking up the coaches’ award.

Cameroon, who were beaten by England at the Women’s World Cup last summer, were named women’s team of the year.

Mané had shared the English Premier League Golden Boot with Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after a momentous season for African players in English football.

The 27-year-old has continued his good form into this season, having already scored 11 league goals in Liverpool’s brilliant start to the campaign.

The campaign has already seen them leading the table by 13 points from Leicester.

Mane also helped Liverpool to victory in the UEFA Champions League final in June, scoring 36 goals in total during 2019.

Full List of CAF Awards 2019 winners:

African Interclubs Player of the Year: Youcef Belaïli (Algeria & Esperance / Ahli Jeddah)

African Youth Player of the Year: Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmund)

African Women’s National Team of the Year: Cameroon

African Men’s National Team of the Year: Algeria

Best African Goal of the Year: Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)

FIFPro Africa’s Best 11: Andre Onana; Serge Aurier, Joel Matip, Kalidou Koulibaly, Achraf Hakimi; Idrissa Gana Gueye, Riyad Mahrez, Hakim Ziyech; Mohamed Salah, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Sadio Mane

African Women’s Coach of the Year: Desiree Ellis (South Africa)

African Men’s Coach of the Year: Djamel Belmadi (Algeria)

Club President of the Year: Moise Katumbi (TP Mazembe)

African Women’s Player of the Year: Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & FC Barcelona Women)

African Player of the Year: Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool).

(Edited by: Josephine Obute and Olawale Alabi)

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CAF: Sadio Mane, Asisat Oshoala win Africa’s best player awards




Liverpool’s striker Sadio Mane has been named the Confederation of African (CAF) Player of the Year for 2019, with teammate Mohamed Salah finishing in the top three.

Mane and Salah were both named in the final three for the award, with Man City‘s Riyad Mahrez lining up alongside the Reds duo.

The Liverpool’s talisman clinched the award, which took place in Egypt, for the first time having finished second in the last two years while coming third in 2016.

It is just rewards for Mane as his exponential rise continues, having proven key to Liverpool’s Champions League, Super Cup, Club World Cup and recent Premier League success.

His 2019 also saw him named as the Premier League‘s joint-highest goalscorer alongside Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with 22, where his calendar year totalled 31 goals across all competitions for the Reds.

Moreover, Mane helped lead his native Senegal to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations over the summer, where his side fell to a narrow defeat at the hands of Algeria.

Salah, meanwhile, has relinquished his hold on the title having been named Africa’s best footballer for two years running despite matching Mane’s title haul and netting an impressive 25 goals for Liverpool throughout the year.

For Mane, the award is another nod to his incredible performance and consistency levels for club and country and he is showing no signs of slowing down.

Having finished fourth in the Ballon d’Or, being named the best player in Africa caps off what was a stunning year for Mane – and at his current pace, 2020 could yet be just as memorable and rewarding.

Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala emerged Africa’s best woman player after she pocketed Women’s price.

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Ighalo, Osimhen, Nnadozie, Oshoala nominated for CAF Awards



Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo, Victor Osimhen and Wilfred Ndidi have been shortlisted for the 2019 CAF Men Footballer of the Year.

The trio were nominated alongside 27 others in a list released by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Sunday.

Usual suspects, Mohammed Salah of Egypt,  Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon, also made the cut.

The Women’s Player of the Year category boasts of record holder, Christiana Kgatalana of South Africa as well as three-time winner, Asisat Oshoala, and fellow compatriot, Uchenna Kanu.

Super Falcons goalkeeper, Chidinma Nnadozie, who was impressive at the 2019 World Cup in France, also secured a spot in the list alongside six others.

Other award categories include, the African Coach of the Year, Youth Player of the Year, National Team of the Year and Interclubs Player of the Year.

The awards, scheduled for January, will take place in Egypt.

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Emzor celebrates Oshoala’s appointment as Super Falcons’ captain, renews contract



Emzor Pharmaceutical on Sunday celebrated Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala for her appointment as the captain of the Super Falcons.

The Chief Executive Officer of Emzor Pharmaceutical, Mrs Stella Okoli, while celebrating the Barcelona striker in Lagos, said the company was also renewing her contract as its brand ambassador.

“There is need to celebrate the best, a trail blazer, someone who is passionate about girls and making efforts to help them.

“The reason she is successful is because of her integrity; no matter what she is passing through, she has always done good to others.

“Oshoala, an inspiring young woman, is also a great role model to young women in Nigeria and we are very proud of all her accomplishments and effort towards encouraging under-privileged girls through her foundation.

“This is one of the reasons why we are renewing her contract today as Emzor brand ambassador, so that she can continue helping girls in need,” she said.

Born and brought up in the Ikorodu suburb of Lagos, Oshoala began her career at a local club in Mushin called FC Robo, before her move to Rivers Angels where she broke out as the best player in the Nigeria Women Football League.

Football has since taken her to more places than she can imagine, playing across Africa, Europe and Canada representing Nigeria in several international matches.

Mark Redgaurd, Brand and Marketing Consultant, Emzor Pharmaceutical, said that the company was a big supporter of sport development among females in Nigeria.

He said that this was why for about five years now, they had continued to sponsor the national football teams, including Super Eagles and Super Falcons.

In her own contribution, Oshoala said she gave her best in what she did because many girls looked up to her.

“I want these girls to know they shouldn’t focus just on football, because when they are like 40 to 50 years, they may not be able to do much; but should also combine it with school or any handwork they are good at.

“They should understand that as women, they cannot play football forever; like 40, 50 you cannot play football again.

“I also know that I represent many people on the pitch and a lot of girls look up to me; and so, I tend to give my best as a good time model,” she said.

According to her, the Asisat Oshoala Youth Foundation, a non-profit organisation committed to improving the physical, social and intellectual development of the girl-child through education and sports, is her way of helping the girl child.

She thanked Emzor for giving her the opportunity to be able to help girls achieve their purpose in life.

Mr Mathew Okugbe, Public Relations Manager, Asisat Oshoala Youth Foundation, said that the foundation was committed to improving the physical, social and intellectual development of the girl-child through education and sports.

He said that the foundation also put in place a mentorship programme for parents to make them encourage their girls to take part in sports

Okugbe said that over the years, the foundation, in conjunction with the Lagos State Government and Emzor Pharmaceuticals, had partnered in empowering and educating the girl-child in Lagos State.

“These girls are encouraged with cash to aid them in their academics and also certificates are awarded to them when they are through with the coaching camp,” he said. (NAN)


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France 2019: Oshoala, Ihezuo to complete Super Falcons’ squad in Austria



Super Falcons’ strikers Asisat Oshoala and Chinwendu Ihezuo have arrived the Super Falcons’ Avita Resort camp in Austria, completing the final squad of 23 players.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the team’s Head Coach, Thomas Dennerby, had earlier picked 21 players.

Ademola Olajire, the Director of Communications at Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), said in a statement on Sunday the two players were left out to join the team later.

NAN reports that the team was preparing for the 8th FIFA World Cup in France.

Olajire said the nine–times African champions went on an endurance drill in the woods of Bad Tatzmannsdorf on Saturday.

According to him, it was to ensure stamina building for the players by the technical crew ahead of the World Cup.

He explained that 21 players, including forward and captain Desire Oparanozie and defenders Onome Ebi and Osinachi Ohale, took part in the drills.

”There will be normal training sessions on Monday and a training match, against an All-Star team, had been scheduled for Tuesday at the team’s camp.

”The Falcons will depart from Austria on June 4 for Paris before proceeding to Reims, the city where they will play their first match.”

NAN also reports that the Falcons will lock horns with Norway on June 8, before facing Korea Republic in Grenoble on June 12.

They will play their last group stage match against host nation France in Rennes on June 17.

(Edited by Yahaya Isah and Olawale Alabi)

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