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Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala Becomes First female African To Get Ballon Dór Nomination


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Super Falcons forward, Asisat Oshoala has been nominated for the 2022 Ballon dór Feminine Player of the Year award following her impressive season with FC Barcelona Femini in the Spanish league.

The current Female African player of the Year scored 20 goals in just 19 games to share the top scorer award with Geyse Ferreira.

The 27-year-old’s playing time was limited to three months last season due to an injury, but she showed her quality by scoring goals when she healed from her injury and returned as Barcelona defended the league title.

Asisat Oshoala

Other Ballon d’Or nominees are; Marie-Antoinette Katoto (PSG), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Ada Hegerberg (Lyon), Selma Bacha (Lyon), Fridolina Rolfo (Barcelona), Vivianna Miedema (Arsenal), Lucy Bronze (Barcelona), Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Christiane Endler (Lyon), Lena Oberdorf (Wolfsburg), Kadidatou Diani (PSG), Catarina Macario (Lyon), Alexia Putellas (Barcelona), Alexandra Popp (Wolfsburg) ), Aitana Bonmati (Barcelona), Wendie Renard (Lyons), Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave) and Beth Mead (Arsenal).

Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala Becomes First female African To Get Ballon Dór Nomination

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Lyon’s Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or in 2018, while US women’s national team star Megan Rapinoe received the honor in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the 2020 ceremony being canceled. However, Oshoala’s team leader, Alexia Putellas, emerged as the winner after her resumption last year.

The 66th Ballon d’Or ceremony will be held on October 17 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, France.

At last month’s CAF Awards, Oshoala was named African Player of the Year for the fifth time, building on her previous wins in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019.

The Super Falcons star is set to lead Nigeria to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.


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