For inspiring the Falconets, Super Falcons and her club Rivers Angels to the finals of global and regional championships and winning gold medals in all of them Asisat Lamina Oshoala (MON) is LEADERSHIP Sports Person of the Year 2014.
Born on October 9, 1994, the Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt was the best player and highest goal scorer at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Asisat was a delight to watch at world stage and got crowned as the best player and second top goals scorer with Nigeria’s women’s senior team the Super Falcons who won the 2014 African Women’s Championship. Although originally an attacking midfielder in the national teams, Oshoala has continued to find success as a forward. In September 2014, Oshoala was made a Member of the Order of the Niger by President Goodluck Jonathan.
To pursue her dream as a footballer, Oshoala incurred the wrath of her parents when she dropped out of school to take to football as a career. The 20 year old, born in Lagos, started her career at FC Robo in Mushin in Lagos State before moving to join the Rivers Angels. Asisat won both the Adidas Golden Ball and Adidas Golden Boot awards at the FIFA World Cup, scored the second-fastest goal in the history of the U-20 football World Cup of Women and helped Nigeria against the North Korean’s U-20, with a hat-trick. Overjoyed with the honour as MON, she dedicated it to her parents and team mates in both the Falconets and Super Falcons.View All 2014 Award Winners