Asisat Oshoala: Playing in China has been interesting

Reigning Africa Women Player of the Year, Asisat Oshoala has expressed joy at her journey so far in China since her lucrative move to Chinese Women Super League side, Dalian Quanjian, in February.

Fast forward nine months, the former Arsenal Ladies striker is the highest goal scorer, a league champion and an FA Cup bronze medallist who has her eyes on the Super Cup.

“It has really been a good and interesting experience going to China and then doing what I have to do,” Oshoala told LadiesMarch in a recent interview. “It is a really nice place to play and I really enjoyed my time there meeting new people a lot of big players from around the world; from Brazil, from the US, from Norway. We have a lot of big players coming in the league to play.”

“So it has been an interesting year for me and I am still working. I still have the Super Cup. I still have to go back and fight for the Super Cup but this year so far has been really good and interesting for me I must say.”

Oshoala ensured that the main aim for which she and 2015 Africa Women’s Player of the Year, Gaelle Enganamouit, were recruited was achieved. Dalian Quanjian defended their league crown successfully. They will now face FA Cup champions, Jiangsu Suning, in the Super Cup. Last year, Dalian Quanjian were beaten 4-3 on penalties by Tianjin Huisen following a 3-3 draw.

In the meantime, however, the Ikorodu-born forward is focused on giving back to her society with the Lagos Girls’ Football Clinic scheduled for 15 – 17 November.

With huge support from the First Lady of Lagos state, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, the football clinic tagged #lagosgirlsfootball is aimed at developing women’s football in Lagos.

“To be honest with you, it has not been easy like that but you know it’s female football and it will be difficult for a lot of people to come in and support. But I have been doing it for some years now and I actually made up my mind and took responsibility of building the youths on my own and I think it’s really growing well and (this year) is different from what we had two years ago and last year.

“This one is a bigger one. We are talking about 60 schools in Lagos State. So it’s a massive project.”

Scouts from England and China are expected at the football fiesta. And among other goodies available for participants, Oshoala has also promised scholarship for whoever emerges the Most Valuable Player.

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