Asisat Oshoala wins African Women's Footballer of the Year award

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The Nigeria national team star takes home the award for the third time thanks to her impressive outing in the Chinese women topflight

Asisat Oshoala has been named the best women’s football player in Africa.

Oshoala won African Women's Footballer of the Year award on Thursday, after dusting off challenge from Cameroon’s Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene and South Africa's Chrestina Kgatlana.

The former Arsenal Ladies and Liverpool Ladies inspired her Chinese side Dalian Quanjian to a double with 19 goals.

The is the 10th time a Nigerian woman has been named Caf Women's Player of the Year, following Mery Akide in 2001, Perpetua Nkwocha (2004, 2005, 2010 & 2011), Cynthia Uwak (2006 & 2007) and Oshoala in (2014 & 2016).


WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR


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The final three nominees for the Women's Player of the Year were Nigeria's Asisat Oshoala, South Africa's Chrestina Kgatlana and Cameroon's Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene.

Player Team
Asisat Oshoala Nigeria & Dalian Quanjian
Chrestina Kgatlana South Africa & UWC Ladies
Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene Cameroon & CSKA Moscow

The initial five nominees were:

Player Team
Asisat Oshoala Nigeria & Dalian Quanjian
Chrestina Kgatlana South Africa & UWC Ladies
Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene Cameroon & CSKA Moscow
Rutendo Makore  Zimbabwe & Black Rhinos
Tabitha Chawinga  Malawi & Kvarnsvedens

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