(Soccer America continues its countdown to the 2015 Women's World Cup with the 11th of 20 profiles of the women to watch in Canada.) Asisat Oshoala
is being tipped as the greatest young player to ever come out of Africa.
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She was named the top player at the
2014 U-20 Women's World Cup and led the tournament with seven goals in six games, including four goals in the 6-2 win over North Korea in the semifinals.
Oshoala, who goes by the nickname "Seedorf" after the Dutch great, grew up playing with boys in Lagos and in 2012 signed with Nigeria's top club, the River Angels, who moved her to Port
Harcourt, much to the consternation of her parents, who wanted her to concentrate on school.
"I love football and I can’t be moving with people who maybe only want to talk about
clothes and bags,” she told
the Guardian. “I love football and that’s why I mingled with the boys, I didn’t really walk with the
girls.” Twenty for Canada 2015:
1. Veronica Boquete
2. Lara Dickenmann
3. Wendie Renard
4. Samantha Kerr
5. Ji So-Yun
6. Eugenie Le Sommer
8. Dzsenifer Marozsan
9. Vivianne Miedema
10. Aya Miyama
Oshoala's success with the U-20s
and Super Falcons, the senior national team, has made her a soccer celebrity in Nigeria as her transfer from the River Angels, coached by Nigerian national team coach Edwin Okon
, to the Liverpool Ladies for the 2015 FA Women’s Super League season was big news.
“I never thought it would be as big a deal as that," she said.
"When the news broke, it went all over the African countries. I had journalists trying to contact me from all over.