Liverpool coach Matt Beard has described Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria, who just joined the club as “one of the best young players in the world.”
Oshoala won both the Golden Boot and Golden Ball -Player of the Tournament at last year’s U-20 World Cup Finals, and becomes the first player from Africa to compete in the Women’s Super League. “We beat a number of top American and European clubs to Oshoala’s signature,” said Beard as he welcomed the 20-year-old striker. “Oshoala is one of the best young players in the world.”
In addition to her star performances in the U-20 World Cup, Oshoala also collected the Golden Ball award as the senior Nigeria team qualified for the 2015 World Cup by winning the African Women’s Championship, AWC.
And she was named 2014’s African Women’s Player of the Year and Youth Player of the Year after helping her club side Rivers Angels become Nigerian champions. Beard added: “She’s not the finished article yet but she’s got pace, power and she certainly knows where the goal is. I watched her at the U-20 World Cup, where she was sensational, and we had early dialogue with her about coming to Liverpool. There’s been plenty of other interest in her in the last few months, but she chose to join us and I’m absolutely delighted.”
Oshoala, nicknamed ‘Seedorf’ after Dutch legend Clarence, said: “To be able to join the reigning Super League champions is absolutely fantastic.”