Nigeria striker credits teammates for Pichichi award

Nigeria striker Asisat Oshoala has thanked her Barcelona women team-mates after she won the Pichichi, the prize given to the top scorer in the Spanish league.

The four-time African Women’s Footballer of the Year scored 20 goals in 19 games to finish joint-top scorer in the women’s top-flight despite missing two months through injury.

Oshoala shared the prize with Madrid CFF forward Geyse Ferreira, who played eight more games than Oshoala in the Primera Liga Iberdrola.

Oshoala, 27, is Africa’s most decorated female footballer and becomes the first woman from the African continent to win a top scorer award in Spain.

“It’s obviously been a team effort to get here, and l can only thank my team-mates and everyone at the club for this achievement,” she said.

“We’ve been working hard all season and cannot stop now because we have another big one ahead of us.”

Oshoala and holders Barcelona meet seven-time champions Lyon in the Women’s Champions League final in Turin on Saturday.

After their historic league campaign which saw them pick up maximum points with 30 wins in 30 matches, Oshoala is targeting another milestone with Jonatan Giraldez’s team.

“The focus of everyone has shifted from a league title celebration to preparing for a massive game in Turin,” she added.

Oshoala has now scored 81 goals in 104 appearances for Barca, and has signed a deal to remain with the Spanish giants until the end of the 2023-24 campaign.

She joined the Spanish outfit from Chinese champions Dalian Quanjian in January 2019, initially on loan, before agreeing a permanent switch five months later.

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