By: Gyang Dakwo
Super Falcons star and reigning CAF Women’s Player of the Year Asisat Oshoala has been nominated for the 2022 Women’s Ballon d’Or in recognition of her stellar contribution to club and country.
The 27-year-old striker becomes the first African to receive a nomination for the award.
Oshoala enjoyed an impressive campaign with FC Barcelona Femeni, claiming the Pichichi in Liga Iberdrola despite missing close to half of the season through injury.
The Nigerian star helped her club to win the league and Copa De La Reina doubles in Spain but could not save her side from losing in the UEFA Women’s Champions League final against Olympique Lyonnais.
This is the first time since the award was first created in 2018, that an African woman is named in the 20-woman shortlist for the award.
The striker was voted by fans as the best striker in the world in 2021, but there was no official award for the voting.