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Atiku Abubakar congratulates Asisat Oshoala on 2022 Ballon d'Or Award nomination

'The Year of the Women in sports' - Abubakar hails Oshoala as 1st African women Ballon d'Or Award nominee.

Atiku Abubakar congratulates Asisat Oshoala on 2022 Ballon d'Or Award nomination

Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the list of nominees for the 2022 Ballon d'Or Award.

On Friday, August 12, 2022 France football released the first batch of nominees in all categories for the 2022 Ballon d'Or Award.

Super Falcons of Nigeria star Asisat Oshoala earned a nomination for the 2022 Ballon d'Or Féminin award.

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Following her inclusion among the best players in world football, Abubakar took to social media to congratulate Oshoala

In a message on his official Twitter account, Abubakar said, Congratulations, @AsisatOshoala, on your nomination, for which you are already a winner.

"This year is already turning out to be the Year of the Women in sports!"

Oshoala responded to the congratulatory message by Abubakar with a statement on her official Twitter handle that said, "Thank you sir."

Oshoala, a five time Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Women's Player of the Year award winner, made history.

She became the first African woman to earn a nomination for the Ballon d'Or Féminin award.

Abubakar, a presidential candidate for the People's Democratic Party (PDP) has been active on social media praising several athletes that have made the country proud through sports.

The former vice president previously congratulated Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume after their heroics at the 2022 World Athletics Championship in Oregon and was also full of praise for Team Nigeria's medal haul at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Oshoala who won the pichichi award as joint-top scorer in Spain is recovering from an injury sustained playing for the Super Falcons at the recently concluded 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) held in Morocco.

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