Inspiring story: Asisat oshoala from ikorodu to Barcelona

It started in her childhood days in ikorodu , a Lagos suburb.


Asisat would wait behind after class to play football for fun with her schoolmates, and on other occasions , she would sneak out at the cost of getting punished by her parents.

Without her parents support, the forward says she had to hide to play football with her friends after school.

It was only her grandmother who is is late now that supported her passion for football, often covering for her anytime she went out to play football.

And in an environment where it’s common for girl’s to engage in sports activities such as football, her chance of being a professional footballer was slim and up against mammoth parental opposition.

Oshoala:
“When I was growing up, my parents didn’t support me obviously. The only person I had who was supportive was my grandmother she was only person in the family.”

“Even when I go out ( to play football) and my mother wanted to beat me or my daddy wanted to beat me or say we are not going to give you food today because you left what you were supposed to do and went out to play she ( my grandma ) was the only person who would feed me.”.

Her break came when she was spotted by a scout while playing a tournament for an unknown team.

Asisat then started what appeared like a professional football career with FC robo , a Lagos – based club.

She went on to play for rivers angels in Nigeria before she got her big break by signing for Liverpool ladies

What started as fun was gradually materializing into a professional career that would later put her on the world’s stage.

Joining Liverpool ladies according to oshoala was the moment she realised she was going to be a professional footballer.

According to the former arsenal ladies forward she only officially got her parents approval when she won the golden ball and golden boot of the 2014 FIFA u20’s women’s world cup.

Since then, oshoala has won the BBC women’s footballer of the year (2015) and had four African women’s player of the year awards to her name.

The forward now plays for Barcelona femení has also won several titles in her career including the Nigeria women’s premier league with rivers angels.

FA women’s cup with arsenal ladies, the Chinese women’s super League with Dalian quanjian FC, and primera division with Barcelona.

She recently became the first female African winner of the European women’s Champions league

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