Oshoala wins a record-breaking fifth CAF award

Super Falcons star Asisat Oshoala won her fifth CAF Women's player of the year award at the CAF Awards held in Morocco on Thursday night.

Oshoala beat off competition from Cameroon's Ajara Nchout Njoya and Zambia's Grace Chanda to claim the prize. It is her fifth CAF player of the year award, the most for an African player in either the men's or women's category.

Oshoala was previously tied with former Super Falcons star Perpetua Nkwocha who won the award four times before her retirement. However, the 27-year-old Barcelona forward has now gone one ahead of her counterpart, adding to the previous awards she won in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019.

Oshoala was simply rewarded for efforts with Barcelona Femeni last season. Oshoala's goals helped Barcelona to retain their Spanish League title last season, finishing as the league's top scorer with 20 goals in 19 league games. The Super Falcons star also scored four goals in the UEFA Women's Champions League to help Barcelona reach the final.

On the international scene, she helped Nigeria qualify for the 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations. She was part of the Falcons squad in Morocco but had to pull out after the first game against South Africa after picking up an injury.

That was the only award Nigeria picked up at the event as other winners emerged in other categories.

Meanwhile, in the men's category, Mane picked up his second consecutive African player of the year, beating Salah and Mendy to the prize.

The Senegalese star had won his first in 2019 before deservedly winning his second on Thursday night. Mane had a successful year for both club and country. The Bayern Munich star was instrumental in Senegal’s first Africa Cup of Nations win earlier this year.

At his club side with Liverpool before joining Bayern this summer, Mane played a part in Liverpool's Carabao and FA Cup wins, while he also played a key role in the Reds' run to the Champions League final.

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 weeks ago

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