CAF Awards: Oshoala eyes fourth continental crown

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Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala is eyeing a record-equalling fourth continental Women’s Player of the Year crown at the CAF Awards to be staged in Hurghada today.

She however has South African Thembi Kgatlana and Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout Njoya to contend with to win the award.

The Barcelona forward has been crowned winner in 2014, 2016 and 2017 and is hoping to equal the record of her mentor and compatriot Perpetua Nkwocha who has been decorated four times – 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011.

Oshoala’s career has been laced with individual awards including 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Golden Boot and Golden Ball Awards as well as the 2015 BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year.

She will join her compatriot Perpetua Nkwocha on four awards if she is crowned as the 2019 African Women’s Player of the Year award.

Nigerian lasses have been so dominant since the award was instituted in 2001 with Nkwocha being winners in 2004, 2005, 2010 and 2011 while Cynthia Uwak had a double in 2005 and 2006 and striker Mercy Akide-Udoh won the maiden edition.

The 2019 CAF Awards Gala will be held today at the Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada in Egypt and CAF has hinted that the event will celebrate African footballers and officials who have distinguished themselves during 2019.

Meanwhile, Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze will slug it out with Achraf Hakimi of Morocco in the African Youth Player of the Year category.