Rowlandson Odey, a former Super Falcons’ coach, has stated that South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana, who bagged the 2018 African Women’s footballer of the year award on Tuesday, deserves the honour.
Kgatlana became the first South African player to win the award in a ceremony which took place in Dakar, Senegal.
She dethroned Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala, a nominee for the award and winner of the award in the past three years, to take home the crown. The Bayana Bayana star also beat Falcons’ Francisca Ordega.
There had been suggestions in Nigeria, that the former Liverpool and Arsenal Ladies football striker should have won the award, following Nigeria’s victory at the AWCON in Ghana last December.
“I don’t believe Oshoala should feel bad, she only lost to a better player. This is an African award, not Nigerian or Oshoala award, Odey told Brila.net.
“I believe Kgatlana deserves it because we all saw her exploits at the AWC where she played well, scored many goals and helped the Bayana Bayana to get to the final.”