BBC's Women's Footballer of the Year: Asisat Oshoala

Where other BBC Women's Footballer of the Year nominees have a long line of achievements behind them, Asisat Oshoala is just beginning a promising career.

The 20-year-old striker played at the Under-20 World Cup in Canada last summer and made quite an impression.

In addition to being the tournament's leading scorer and voted the best player, her performances led Nigeria to the final, where they were narrowly beaten by Germany.

Oshoala was also a major influence in the senior Nigeria team who won the African Women's Championship later in 2014, ensuring their qualification for this summer's World Cup.

On her nomination, she said: "I feel very appreciated. I worked hard last year but I am surprised to be nominated."

Despite her modesty, Liverpool Ladies boss Matt Beard was impressed enough to sign the rangy forward in January, calling her "one of the best young players in the world".

The youngster, who is the first African to feature in the Women's Super League, says former Reds striker Luis Suarez is an inspiration because of his ruthlessness in front of goal.

Oshoala scored in her second league game and is keen to make her mark in next season's Champions League.

Asisat Oshoala in action for Nigeria
Oshoala says that former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been an inspiration to her
Asisat Oshoala facts
Born: 9 October 1994Height: 1.78m (5ft 10 in)
Position: ForwardNationality: Nigerian
Current club: Liverpool Ladies 2014-present (4 apps & 1 goal) International record: Nigeria 2011-present
Club achievements: 2014 African player of the year; first African player in Women's Super LeagueInternational achievements: Won Golden Ball and Golden Boot at 2014 Under-20 World Cup; 2014 Under-20 World Cup runner-up; 2014 Africa Women's Championship winner

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