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Nigeria/Senegal: Oshoala Wins Fifth African Footballer Award As Mane Leads Senegal to Dominate Awards

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Tremendous Falcons’ Vice-captain and FC Barcelona talisman, Asisat Oshoala, was final evening crowed 2022 African Girls’s Participant of the 12 months.

The 27-year-old picked the award forward of Ajara Nchout Njoya (Cameroon and Inter Milan) and Zambia worldwide Grace Chanda (Zambia and BIIK Kazygurt).

With this, she turns into the primary African to win this prestigious for a file 5 instances, overtaking Perpetua Nkwocha who claimed the accolade on 4 events.

“It is a record-breaking evening for me and I need to thank everybody that has been in somehow concerned in my profession.

“My teammates at FC Barcelona and extra importantly, the Tremendous Falcons who had confirmed the entire world that they’re nonetheless the most effective on the continent going by the efficiency they put up in opposition to the host, Morocco within the semi-final of WAFCON,” she stated after she acquired the award.

The 2021-22 marketing campaign was arguably Oshoala’s greatest but as she performed a key position in her Spanish aspect’s treble cost – the Spanish Girls’s Tremendous-cup, Copa de la Reina and the Primera Division.

Though, she missed a few matches because of damage, that didn’t cease her from rising as league joint-top scorer after netting 20 targets in 19 league appearances to share the award with Brazilian Geyse Ferreira, who managed the identical variety of targets in 27 appearances for Madrid CFF.

Oshoala is the fourth Nigerian to land the ladies’s model of the award, following within the footsteps of Mercy Akide (2001), Nkwocha (2004, 2005, 2010 & 2011) and Cynthia Uwak (2006 & 2007).

Within the male part and expectedly, Sadio Mane was named African Footballer of 12 months after a season through which he kicked the successful penalty for Senegal as they claimed their first Africa Cup of Nations title and repeated the feat after they secured World Cup qualification.

Mane completed forward of Egyptian ahead Mohamed Salah, his former Liverpool staff mate, and fellow Senegalese Edouard Mendy within the voting.

It was the second time the 30-year-old Mane, who final month joined German champions Bayern Munich, has gained the award.

He was the final winner of the award in 2019. The Confederation of African Soccer didn’t maintain it over of the final two years and has now modified to recognising accomplishments over the season somewhat than the calendar yr.

Mane transformed the successful penalty in February as Senegal beat Egypt within the Cup of Nations remaining in Yaounde, proving the talisman as his nation took a primary ever African title.

Six weeks later, he struck the decisive spot-kick as Senegal once more edged Egypt in a penalty shootout to win a spot on the World Cup finals in Qatar.

He overshadowed Salah on each events, though the pair shared success with Liverpool within the FA Cup and League Cup and helped them attain the Champions League remaining.

AFRICAN AWARDS WINNERS

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Participant of the 12 months

Sadio Mane (SEN)

Membership Participant of the 12 months

Mohamed el Shenawy (Al Ahly/EGY)

Younger Participant of the 12 months

Pape Matar Sarr (SEN)

Coach of the 12 months

Aliou Cisse (SEN)

Nationwide staff of the 12 months

Senegal

Membership of the 12 months

Wydad Casablanca (MAR)

Objective of the 12 months

Pape Ousmane Sakho (SEN, Simba/TAN)