July 22, 2022
Nigeria Asisat Oshoala has been named the 2022 African Women’s Player of the Year while Senegal and FC Bayern Munich forward Sadio Mane has been named the winner of the men’s version of the same award at the CAF Awards ceremony which took place in Rabat on Thursday night.
The 27-year-old Oshoala picked the award ahead of Ajara Njoya (Cameroon and Inter Milan) and Zambia international Grace Chanda (Zambia and BIIK Kazygurt), while Mane, 30, picked up his prize ahead of Egypt and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Senegal and Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Oshoala has now become the first African to win this prestigious award for a record five times, overtaking her countrywoman Perpetua Nkwocha who claimed the accolade on four occasions.
She is also the fourth Nigerian to land the award, following in the footsteps of Mercy Akide (2001), Nkwocha (2004, 2005, 2010 & 2011) and the incredible Cynthia Uwak (2006 & 2007).