Oshoala misses out on Ballon d’Or top three list

Super Falcons forward Asisat Oshoala has missed out on the final three-woman shortlist for the 2022 UEFA Women’s Player of The Year award.

On Wednesday, UEFA announced Beth Mead, Lena Oberdorf and Alexia Putellas as the final three contenders for the accolade.

The Nigerian was last week named in a 20-woman list of nominees for the 2022 Women’s Ballon d’Or, making her the first-ever African woman to achieve the feat.

Despite missing about seven weeks due to injury last season, the Barcelona Femeni striker finished as the Spanish topflight league’s top scorer, netting 20 goals in 19 games, tied with Madrid CFF’s Geyse Ferreira.

The feat earned her the Pichichi, again the first time an African woman would be winning the award.

Last month, Oshoala was named CAF Women’s Player of The Year for a record fifth time, surpassing fellow countrywoman Perpetua Nkwocha’s four awards.

The Women’s Ballon d’Or award ceremony will hold next week in Istanbul.