By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Five (5) time CAF Women’s Player of the year winner, Asisat Oshoala has been nominated for the 2022 Ballon d’or.
The Super Falcons forward on Friday was nominated for the award for the best women’s football player in Europe as organised by France Football.
The FC Barcelona Femeni forward despite an injury-plagued 2021/2022 league season clinched the top goal scorer prize in the Spanish Primera Division Women league and won the 2022 CAF Women’s player of the year award in Cairo surpassing the record of compatriots, Perpetual Nkwocha.
This will be the first time that Asisat Oshoala will be nominated for the Ballon d’or as she is the only African player on the nominees’ list.
She has a herculean task in a bid to win the award which will be presented in October as she will have to compete with 19 other players; including players that won the 2022 UEFA Women’s Euro winners with England and 2021/2022 UEFA Women’s Champions League winners with Lyon.
Unfortunately, Oshoala only played a match for the Super Falcons of Nigeria at WAFCON 2022 against Champions, Banyana Banyana of South Africa before being ruled out of the tournament.
South Africa eventually won WAFCON 2022 but none of the African Champions players made the Ballon d’or nomination list.
FC Barcelona captain, Alexia Putellas won the 2021 edition and also made the nominees list despite injury ruling her out of the Euros.
The Spanish midifielder emerged as the top goal scorer in the 2021/2022 UEFA Women’s Champions League.
2022 Ballon d’or nomination list
🇫🇷 Selma Bacha
🇸🇪 Fridolina Rolfö
🇳🇱 Vivianne Miedema
🏴 Lucy Bronze
🇦🇺 Sam Kerr
🇨🇱 Tiane Endler
🇩🇪 Lena Oberdorf
🇫🇷 Kadidiatou Diani
🇺🇸 Catarina Macario
🇪🇸 Alexia Putellas
🇩🇪 Alex Popp
🇪🇸 Aitana Bonmatí
🇫🇷 Wendie Renard
🇺🇸 Alex Morgan
🏴 Beth Mead
🇳🇬 Asisat Oshoala
🇫🇷 Marie-Antoinette Katoto
🏴 Millie Bright
🇺🇸 Trinity Rodman
🇳🇴 Ada Hegerberg
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