Super Falcons of Nigeria striker, Asisat Oshoala has been named Africa Women’s Player of the Year for a second time at the 25th edition of the annual GloCAF Awards which took place on Thursday, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria.
The highest goal scorer at the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, beat Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene of Cameroon and Captain of Ghana, Elizabeth Addo to the prestigious award which she has now claimed for a second time in three years.
Oshoala, who was awarded the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2015, starred for Arsenal Ladies in their 2016 English Women FA Cup triumph, and went on to crown the year with Nigeria’s unprecedented eight Women’s Africa Cup of Nations title in Cameroon.
The former Rivers Angels of Nigeria star has become only the 3rd player to win the Africa Women’s Player of the Year award more than once.
In other categories, despite becoming the first person to win the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations as a player and – most recently – as a coach, Super Falcons gaffer, Florence Omagbemi missed out on the top prize of the Coach of the Year 2016, which was clinched by coach Pitso Mosimane of CAF Champions League winners, Mamelodi Sundowns.
Meanwhile, captain of Ghana’s U17 Women’s National Team, who represented the country in both the 2016 FIFA U17 and U20 Women’s World Cups, Sandra Owusa-Ansah, would have to be contented with being a top-three contender for the Youth Player of the Year. An award which was eventually won by Nigeria’s Super Eagle, Alex Iwobi.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria were duly recognised with the Women’s National Team of the Year award for reaffirming their status as the best team on the continent when they claimed their eighth title in Cameroon on December 3, 2016.