Asisat Oshoala was named the Confederation of African Football’s female player of the year on Thursday night, but did not let that overshadow the real message she wanted to get across.
The Nigeria and Arsenal Ladies striker called for Africa to provide better conditions for women saying “We deserve more.”
Oshoala, who has now won the award twice at the age of 22, has stated over and over again that the Nigerian women’s team has been mistreated and shown a lack of respect.
Just last month, after winning the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, Oshoala and her Nigerian teammates held a sit-in at a hotel in Abuja over outstanding payments.
They marched to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s home after they had protested outside parliament in Abuja.
The team was eventually paid by the Nigerian Football Federation two weeks after protests began.
After receiving the award Thursday night, Oshoala stated: “The award is not for me. It is for all the female footballers in Africa, to speak for us.”
She believes all African football federations can do a much better job to improve women’s football.
“The men have been doing it for years and they have seen a lot of improvements in the game,” said Oshoala. “If the females can get half of that it would definitely bring joy to a lot of girls and a lot of kids out there who feel they are hopeless right now.”