Liverpool forward, Asisat Oshoala, has said her target at the Women Super League is to ensure that her performance in England makes other clubs want to sign on more Nigerian players.
African Women Player of the Year 2014, Oshoala, became the first Nigerian to play in the WSL following her move to Liverpool Ladies in January from Rivers Angels after their domestic double in the Federation Cup and the Nigeria Women’s Premier League.
The forward, who scored a goal for the club in a friendly match against Aston Villa in January, told BBC Sportsworld on Sunday that she would ensure that her Liverpool move becomes one that will impact the game in Nigeria.
“I feel excited coming over to England and I believe that I have a big assignment to do here,” Oshoala said.
“If I do well, it will boost the morale of the other teams in the league here to request for more Nigerian players and if we have more Nigerian players here, it will bear good fruit for our game in Nigeria.
“So probably and hopefully next season, we will have more Nigerians here because this season, I believe I will do well and give my best for Liverpool. Joining Liverpool has given me the encouragement to do better for myself.”
The 2014 CAF Young Player of the Year did not see her target as putting pressure on her, adding that her presence in the WSL will make more Nigerians to follow the league.
She added, “Premiership clubs have many supporters in Nigeria – that is talking of the men’s game – now that I am here, I have many people who have said they will follow the WSL because I am here.
“I also believe playing here won’t put pressure on me at all rather it will be a form of encouragement for me to do better and achieve the goal I have set.”
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