By Albert Akota
Liverpool Ladies have announced the signing of Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala from Rivers Angel for an undisclosed fee.
Oshoala who earlier this year was named the African Women Footballer of the year by CAF has etched her names in the sands of history as she becomes the first player from Africa to compete in the Women’s Super League.
The move by the 20-year-old also passes as the biggest transfer ever by any Nigeria female player.
Speaking of her move to Merseyside, Asisat said: “Since I began my football career I have always dreamt of being a professional footballer, so to be able to join the reigning Women’s Super League champions is absolutely fantastic.
“Liverpool Ladies are a massive club, who have some fantastic players who I believe can help to develop my game to the next level. It was also a big incentive to be able to play in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, which is a huge competition and one I’m confident we can do well in.”
Amongst several top accolades to her name, Oshoala won both the Golden Boot and Golden Ball as Player of the Tournament at FIFA Under-20 World Cup Finals in Canada,
Before her move to England, Oshoala was with Nigeria Women League side Rivers Angels who she has helped to many trophies, the last set being the League and Federation Cup in the just concluded season.
Liverpool Ladies boss, Matt Beard, said she was thrilled to have the Nigerian star in her team even as she confessed that other top clubs were in the fight to snap up Oshoala.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have signed Asisat as she is one of the world’s top young footballers. Asisat proved in the U20 World Cup what a top-class talent she is and this signing is a big scoop for us,” she said on liverpoolfc.com.
“The Women’s Super League continues to improve year after year, so it is vital that we strengthen our squad following last season’s successful title defence. This signing is definitely one that the supporters can be extremely excited about,” she added.