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Oshoala Recounts Successful Debut In China

Dalian Quanjian of China striker, Asisat Oshoala is basking in the success of her debut season in The Oriental Nation, as she believes her efforts will inspire other Nigerian players to join her in the Far East.

Oshoala is of a view that more Nigerian female footballers are showing interest in playing in the Chinese Super League because of her exploits with Quanjian.‎

After being crowned African Women Footballer of The Year for a third time last Thursday, ‘SuperDee’ said she had a memorable and glorious debut season with Quanjian.

While helping her side win the league and cup titles, Oshoala scored 12 goals to emerge as the top scorer and was named best player in the campaign.

The Super Falcons star further stated that while the overall level of the game in China may be considered lower, it is normally a tight battle among competing clubs in the league.

Oshoala caused a stir last year when she ditched mainstream Europe for Asia, as the 23-year-old had everything going for her at Arsenal, yet jumped on the train to Dalian Quanjian.

Instead of suffering a career slump, Oshoala has soared and now the pacy forward says she is happy with her decision to leave England.

“We have more top players moving here from Europe. I get messages from different players around the world who want to know what the league is like.

“Of course the pay is better but it’s not just about the pay. Lots just want to experience something dramatically different.

“While the overall level may be considered lower, it is a more level playing field across the league. When you go to England or France you see teams taking 7-0, 8-0 beatings but you don’t get that in China.

“It’s much more even. Every team has players in the national team and players from abroad. That’s what you need.

“I think this is one of the best leagues I’ve played in because it’s rare you see games with large margins. It’s difficult and competitive.

“If you don’t have a strong character and are coming from Europe for the first time, I think you would find it tough to adapt.

“When I was at Liverpool I hit good form. I then got injured and was out for the season. That was tough to take.

“Before the new season Arsenal came in for me and I thought: ‘I haven’t played for the second half of the season and the top team wants me.’ I had to take a chance and go there.

“It was good initially but I had a few issues and I had to choose whether to make the switch to the Chinese Super League.”



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