The striker has been voted the best player in Africa three times
The striker who stole the night during the CAF awards ceremony in Accra with her emotional speech is the best player on a team that has not played a match since it won the women’s nations cup in 2016 and is currently without a coach.
“We don’t want to be sharing with the men’s team any more and waiting for the funds to be able to do things,” she said. “We need our own committees that can run things for the women. We also need top professional coaches. Football is getting harder. There are a lot of teams out there that are getting better every year. We need to do everything within our reach to move forward, keep people in Africa and make us strong enough to compete on a world stage” she said in an interview with The Guardian.
Oshoala, who ended the season as the best player and top goalscorer in the Chinese league playing for Dalian Quanjian also told the Guardian she was hopeful for a better season.
“It’s been difficult for the team so far. It’s been hard for the girls fighting for wages [the team held a sit-in protest over unpaid allowances following their 2016 ACN win], getting friendly games for ourselves and fighting the federation to give us anything, to get us a coach. But I spoke with the federation president and they have a couple of friendly games lined up. One with France on 4 April has been announced already and I think 2018 will be better for us.”