Super Falcons forward Asisat Oshoala has presented her sixth CAF Women’s Player of the Year Award to President Bola Tinubu and his wife, Oluremi. The 29-year-old used the opportunity to urge African Football Federations to come together to improve the women’s game on the continent.
A statement by the president’s media aide Ajuri Ngelale said Mr and Mrs Tinubu congratulated the Barcelona Femeni star on winning the best African female footballer of the year for the sixth time.
The president and his wife commended Ms Oshoala for distinguishing herself in the sport, applauding her significant contributions to women’s football on the continent.
“Nigerian women will always have a pride of place in the world.
“What our ladies have achieved in football, our women are achieving in all fields of endeavour around the world – rising to the top and demonstrating the best of the Nigerian character of excellence, tenacity, ingenuity, and resilience,” said Mr Tinubu.
Mr Tinubu also recalled the feats of star sprinter Tobi Amusan and the presence of multiple Nigerian women on the Forbes 2023 World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’s List, including media mogul Mo Abudu and Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
The first couple assured Ms Oshoala of the nation’s continued support for her and other Nigerian women striving for excellence in their chosen paths.
Speaking to journalists after the warm reception, Ms Oshoala said, “I want to appreciate the President and the First Lady for giving me the opportunity to present the award to them.
“During the last World Cup, we had a couple of issues, and they intervened and have been very supportive to the girls, even after the competition.”
Author: Okunlola Kayode. F