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Oshoala tells TheCable: Winning Champions League title is my greatest achievement

Author:
Remi Sulola

Asisat Oshoala, Super Falcons captain and forward, says winning the 2020/21 Women’s UEFA Champions League is the greatest achievement of her career.

Oshoala made history with the Barcelona Femeni on Sunday night after the Cules thrashed Chelsea 4-0 to clinch the Champions League title for the first time at the Gamla Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The four-time African Player of the Year was a second-half substitute for the Blaugranes in the encounter that had all the four goals scored inside the first 36 minutes. The former Arsenal player found the back of the net late on but her effort was ruled out as offside.

In a chat with TheCable on Tuesday, the 26-year-old also disclosed that her Champions League feat will inspire the “African child that nothing is impossible when chasing their dreams”.

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“Greatest achievement of my career? Yeah, I will say so. It is the greatest achievement of my career so far,” Oshoala told TheCable.

“The 2014 U-20 FIFA World Cup would have been it for me. If we had won it. But this tops it for me.

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“It’s a beautiful feeling. It’s something I can’t even describe still. You will be eating and it will hit you like ‘wow! You are a European champion. I am excited. I am happy.

“Winning the Champions League has given hope to all African girl-child out there that nothing is impossible. That they can as well achieve their dreams.

“I dedicate this to everyone who has been supporting me from my days in FC Robo, Rivers United. To all that got me to where I am today. Arsenal, Liverpool and all the clubs I have played with. I say thank you to everyone.”

Oshoala was the winner of both the Adidas Golden Ball and Golden Shoe at the 2014 U-20 FIFA World Cup in Canada.

She won the inaugural edition of the BBC African Player of the Year in 2015.

The three-time winner of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) title was also the Chinese Women’s Super League top scorer in 2017.

Photo credit: FCB Femeni

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