Go Girl! Asisat Oshoala proves that a woman can do what a man can do

China-based female soccer star, Asisat Oshoala has unveiled a massive house she built for her parent in Costain area of Lagos. Oshoala, who took to her social media accounts to share photos of the two-story house, said she is happy to complete the building as a gift to her parents.

The Dalian Quanjian FC star was born and brought up in Ikorodu suburb of Lagos but had her early football education at Lagos Ilsnad, before moving to FC Robo of Mushin. She also attended Air Force Primary School in Victoria Island before she moved to Aunty Ayo International school in Ikoyi. Oshoala was groomed at FC Robo by a former goalkeeper, Emmanuel Osahon, who took her for a deal Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt, where she blossomed in the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL).

The 23-year-old two-time African Women Footballer of The Year is spreading her wealth to her family, with the mansion in Surulere now her latest addition to many other gifts she has given them. Although she was born and brought up in the Ikorodu suburb of Lagos, Oshoala’s early football education was at Mushin. The football star attended Air Force Primary School in Victoria Island before she moved to Aunty Ayo International school in Ikoyi. According to a Primary School classmate, Oshoala was always good at sports.

She kicked off 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 (NWFL). She led Rivers Angels to the Women’s Federations Cup title in 2013 and the next year to the league and cup double.

Asisat Oshoala

Her good form earned her a place with the Falconets at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. It was at Canada in 2014 that Oshoala announced herself on the big stage, scoring seven goals to lead Nigeria to the final where they lost to Germany. She finished as the top scorer and was named the best player of the tournament. Since then, the forward has been without a doubt the face of Nigerian women football. She has gone on to win two African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) titles with the Super Falcons.

She moved to Liverpool Ladies in 2013 and impressed before sealing a move to Arsenal Ladies in 2016. In just one season with Arsenal Ladies, she won the FA Women’s Cup before she made the move to China to join Dalian Quanjian FC. In debut season in China, the Nigeria international was voted the best striker in the Chinese Women’s Super League after helping Dalian Quanjian FC to a league and Chinese Women’s Super Cup double. Oshoala scored 12 league goals as they won the title and she also netted a brace as Dalian Quanjian FC beat Shanghai 5-3 to win the Chinese Women’s Super Cup in November 2017.

Asisat Oshoala

These were performances that justified her move to China after she was counted out by many. Nigerian women football have had some elite talents, with the likes of Mercy Akide, Perpetua Nkwocha and Cynthia Uwak. But where does Oshoala rank among them?

At just the age of 23, Oshoala has time to catch up with the likes of Akide, Nwokocha and Uwak and with her pace, she is on course to becoming the greatest Nigerian women’s player. Unarguably the best of the first generation of Nigerian women’s players, Akide won three AWCON titles with the Super Falcons and played in three FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments.

Asisat Oshoala

She was the star of the Super Falcons at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup where Nigeria reached the quarter-finals, the first and only time. Oshoala has only played in one world cup tournament, scoring just one goal as Nigeria crashed out in the group stage after two losses. Nwokocha who is the star of the generation after Akide was named African Women’s Player of the Year a record four times and won five AWCON titles. Along with Uwak, Oshoala has won more club trophies than Akide and Nwokocha. Oshoala is already the greatest player of the third generation of Nigerian women players and it’s only a matter of time before she is considered the G.O.A.T.