Asisat Oshoala hopes her journey will inspire African girls to believe in their dreams.
The Nigerian striker made history after winning the Uefa Women’s Champions League with FC Barcelona this past weekend, becoming the first African to do so.
Oshoala was a second half substitute as the Spanish side hammered Chelsea 4-0 at the Gamla Ullevi Stadium. Goals from Alexia Putellas, Caroline Hanse, Aitana Bonmati and an own goal by Melanie Leupolz gave the Primera Division champions a resounding victory.
Speaking to BBC Sport Africa, the 26-year-old said she is very pleased to be part of this historic moment in the club’s history. Last season, Barcelona lost to French side Olympique Lyon in the final, but now they can put that disappointment behind them.
“It was very important not to make the mistakes of the past (losing against Lyon), but to learn from it.
“I can only thank God who has made everything possible through sheer hard work, by playing alongside this incredibly talented group that creates a lovely family atmosphere.
“It is a great feeling and I can’t really put my emotions into words because it has been a tough journey to get here.
“I hope this will continue to inspire other young girls in Africa and motivate everyone around the world that you can achieve whatever you put your mind to and work hard for it.”
Barcelona have successfully defended the Primera Division title this season and also won the Spanish Cup to continue their dominance in the domestic competitions.
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