Barcelona Femeni of Spain attacker, Asisat Oshoala has received a new tag of ‘Nigerian Killer’ from her club, following her stunning goal for the team in the UEFA Women’s Champions League victory over SK Minsk of Belarus.
Barca have now credited Oshoala with 15 goals in all, since her arrival from Dalian Quanjian of China, first on loan before sealing a full deal, after ‘Super Zee’ netted for the third straight game, helping her side to a 5-0 win over fellow-Super Falcons’ star, Emueje Ogbiagbevha’s Minsk in the first leg of the last sixteen of the UWCL on Thursday night.
Oshoala and Ogbiagbevha both started for their respective teams, but it was the former Arsenal and Liverpool Ladies of England star who stood out, when she struck from close range to open scoring in the sixth minute of the encounter, before Marta Torrejón made it 2-0 in the 20th.
Aitana increased Barcelona’s lead in the 22nd minute, firing a low shot into the bottom corner of the net after a delightful pass from Oshoala, then scored again on 26 minutes to make it 4-0 and, on the hour mark, the three-time African Women Footballer of The Year was replaced by Jenni Hermoso, who wrapped up the scoring with five minutes left on the clock.
A breakdown of her log shows that Oshoala has also scored 11 goals in 12 Liga Iberdrola games since linking up with the Catalan club in January, while Ogbiagbevha, who also played all 90 minutes of Thursday’s match, is joint-top scorer in Belarus with nine goals.
Oshoala’s streak started on September 29, when Barca beat Sevilla 2-0 in the Primera División Femenina, and in their next league game she netted the winner against Sporting de Huelva, with the club revealing on social media that her feat on Thursday took her haul to 15 goals in 19 ties.
Barca stated on their verified Twitter handle @fcbfemeniFR: “Asisat Oshoala avec le Barça (TCC) : Championnat 12 matchs 11 buts #UWCL 5 matchs 2 buts Copa Catalunya 2 matchs 2 buts 15 buts en 19 matchs officiels. �㜵�a? ???????? ??????.”
On her part, Oshoala poured praises on her teammates for the roles they have played in helping her maintain a stunning scoring form in only her first full season with the Catalan club.
After notching her sixth goal of the new campaign, and 16th overall since first arriving on loan mid-season from Dalian Quanjian of China, Oshoala said she was thrilled to maintain her scoring form, but put it all down to cordial relations in her team and massive support from her pals.
The three-time African Women Footballer of The Year struck her latest goal last weekend against Logrono, after which she went on to disclose that constant encouragement from her teammates has motivated her rain of goals in the Spanish Primera Iberdrola.
It is a remarkable turnaround for Oshoala, who boasted nine goals in five pre-season games for Barcelona but failed to find the back of the net in three opening competitive matches for the UEFA Women’s Champions League runners=-up.
‘Super Zee’ then broke her personal deadlock with a brace in La Blaguares’ 6-1 win over Iberdrola champions, Atletico Madrid on September 21 and, after netting in four consecutive matches, the last coming in a 5-0 mauling of Logrono on Sunday, the 25-year-old former Liverpool Ladies and Arsenal Women of England star has thanked her teammates for her impressive performances.
Oshoala told Goal: “I think it’s about the team spirit and the love from the girls. It’s the most important thing in football when you have teammates that help you get better in every game. Each game we play, we try to encourage each other.
“We don’t yell at each other but encourage ourselves. In difficult moments, when we try to get goals in very important games, we try to keep our heads up and encourage each other, even when people make mistakes on the field of play.
“Basically for me, sometimes, you get things right and sometimes it seems like it’s not working out but you just need to keep working and put yourself together and get back up.”