Super Falcons and Barcelona striker Asisat Oshoala won the CAF Women’s Player of the Year Award for a record fifth time on Thursday, beating Zambia’s Grace Chanda and Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout Njoya, while Senegalese superstar Sadio (Senegal/Liverpool) retained his men’s title, according to PUNCH Sports Extra.
On Thursday, the award ceremony was held in Rabat, Morocco.
Oshoala currently holds the record for the most award victories, establishing her dominance on the continent.
At the 2019 Awards Gala, the 27-year-old equaled countrywoman Perpetua Nkwocha’s fourth CAF Women’s Player of the Year Award.
An overjoyed Oshola dedicated her record-breaking prize to her teammates after earning it.
“This is a historic moment for me as an individual and for Africa as a nation.” I have five, FIVE!
“I’d like to thank everyone who has assisted me in my career. The 2021/122 season was quite difficult for me.
“This year taught me that if you don’t fall, you don’t understand the power of a comeback.” Special appreciation to my comrades at FC Barcelona and the national team, the Super Falcons, the best team in the world.
“I’d also like to thank my (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, for constantly assisting us and making sure we can do our job on the field.” I’d like to dedicate this honor to the Super Falcons team, who demonstrated to the world their tenacity despite being two women down.”
The Falcons striker was the lone Nigerian nominee at the 2022 CAF awards after Falcons coach Randy Waldrum was withdrawn from the final shortlist, along with Monday Gift and Super Eagles duo Moses Simon and Akinkunmi Amoo.
Despite missing three months of previous season due to injury, Oshoala finished top scorer in the Liga Iberdrola with 20 goals in 19 appearances, becoming the first African to win the Pichichi award in Spain.
Mane, who joined Bayern Munich from Liverpool this summer, edged out former teammate Mohamed Salah (Egypt) and compatriot Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) for the men’s title.