Barcelona coach Lluis Cortes has congratulated Asisat Oshoala for winning the African Women’s Player of The Year award for the fourth time.
The Catalans’ manager stressed he couldn’t be prouder of the Nigerian striker and feels privileged to have her on his team
Oshoala initially joined the Spanish outfit on loan from Chinese side Dalian Quanjian a year ago, before being handed a three-year deal last summer.
The 25-year-old’s 2019 breakthrough in Spain saw her edge Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout and South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana for the award and equalled the record of her compatriot Perpetua Nkwocha.
Having scored 14 goals in 14 games this season, including four and first her professional hat-trick against Tacon, the Barcelona manager admits it’s a privilege to have the Nigerian in his team.
“Having the best African player (Asisat Oshoala) in my team means a lot,” Cortes told Goal.
“She earned the award and they aren’t giving her for who she is but based on merit. This in part benefits us, from her success and her individual performances.
“We are privileged to have her because she is a very different player with a different physical form in comparison to any other player in the league.
“Having such a unique player that’s so different from what you can find on the national market is an advantage for us and it’s our responsibility to know in what moment to play her.
“Her attitude and her game coming back from the holidays has been excellent and we hope this continues.”