Nigeria’s Super Falcons and Liverpool Ladies striker, Asisat Oshoala, has been shortlisted for the inaugural BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year Award.
Oshoala, who is currently the African Footballer of the Year, was nominated along with four others: Spain’s Verónica Boquete, German Nadine Kessler, Kim Little of Scotland and Marta of Brazil.
On her nomination, Oshoala told BBC, “I worked hard last year but I am surprised to be nominated and I feel very appreciated. This award is a very good thing for women’s football. It can really help us by encouraging other countries to support their ladies more and treat them the same way they treat the men.”
Mary Hockaday, Controller of BBC World Service English, said: “With anticipation building ahead of the Women’s World Cup in Canada in June we’re thrilled to announce the shortlist for the first BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award.
“The five shortlisted players represent the creme de la creme of female footballers from across the globe.”
Fans are expected to vote for their favourite player to increase their chances of winning the award with the voting closing on May 11 and the winner being announced on May 26.