Asisat Oshoala has become a name known with success on and off the pitch, the pace forward was likened to Super Falcons legend Perpetual Nkwocha when she broke to prominence at the 2014 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup.
The Ex- Fc Robo star dominated the competition showing pace, skills and goal scoring prowess in the tourney where she was named as the best player of the tournament and also the competition’s highest goal scorer.
Immediately, the comparison with Perpetual was instant and constant especially with the similarities in the playing styles and physical attributes.
Asisat Oshoala Re-writing Perpetual Nkwocha’s Story in Grand Style
Nkwocha redefined the number 4 with impressive goal scoring performances winning the African Women’s Championship five times out of the seven times she participated.
She was a serial winner as much as a serial goal scorer that she is, the Midfielder also won four African Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011 and three African Women’s Championship Top goal scorer in 2004, 2006, 2010.
During her playing career, she was unarguably the best female player in Africa and her reign coincided with the Super Falcons reign in the continent (not that it has ended anyways) with exposure on the world cup scene, she is also the Super Falcon’s record goal scorer with 80 goals in 99 games.
However, while the argument about who the better player is was usually drowned with the basis of Nkwocha’s success and laurels, it was evident that it was only a matter of time before Oshoala started carting home the accolades.
Already Oshoala has three AWCON championship and has two AWCON highest goal scorer award, four-time African Women’s player of the year awards.
Certainly, with time on her side, Oshoala could reach and break the 80 goals scored by Perpetual Nkwocha as she is 51 goals away from there.
Oshoala become the first African female footballer to play in the WSL after joining Liverpool in England in 2015 and also won the inaugural BBC women’s player of the year award.
She also joined Arsenal before moving to China where she moved to Spain to join Barcelona’s feminine side.
At the Spanish La Liga Ibedrola, Asisat Oshoala became the first African to win the UEFA WOMEN’S Champions League after Sunday’s 4-0 win over Chelsea.
Her achievements which puts her above Perpetual include:
- 2015 BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year.
- 4x African Women’s Footballer of the Year (2014, 2016, 2017, 2019).
- 2014 African Women’s Championship Golden Ball winner.
- 2016 African Women’s Championship Golden Boot winner.
- 2017 Chinese Women’s Super League Top Scorer.
- 2014 Nigeria Queen of The Pitch Award.
- African Women’s Championship thrice with Nigeria – 2014, 2016 and 2018.
- 2019-2020, 2020-2021 Primera División,
- 2020 Supercopa Femenina
- 2020 Copa de la Reina with Barcelona.
- 2015-2016 FA Women’s Cup with Arsenal.
- 2017 Chinese Women’s Super League with Dalian Quanjian F.C.
- 2014 Nigerian Women’s Championship.
- 2013, 2014 Nigerian Women’s Cup with Rivers Angels.
This doesn’t rubbish nor diminish Perpetual Nkwocha as a Nigerian legend on the female football scene, in fact in her defense, female football didn’t enjoy prominence, publicity and followership during her time as it does now.
Competition was low and very few, playing female football wasn’t as lucrative as it is now, but irrespective, even Nkwocha would be proud with her successor’s achievements and wish they played together longer. We hope Rasheedat Ajibade is learning quick and fast.