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Asisat Oshoala Shortlisted For 2023 Ballon d’Or Award





Nigerian football sensation and forward for the Super Falcons, Asisat Oshoala, has received a prestigious nomination for the highly acclaimed 2023 Ballon d’Or Award. The announcement was made on July 7 by France Football, the organizing body of the award, through their official Twitter account.

Oshoala’s nomination falls under the Socrates Award category, which recognizes exceptional acts of solidarity carried out by football champions. She finds herself among a select group of five individuals shortlisted for this award, which was established last year and named in honor of the legendary Brazilian footballer, Socrates.

Alongside Oshoala, the other nominees in this category include Vinicius Jnr (Brazil/Real Madrid), Antonio Rudiger (Germany/Real Madrid), Marcus Rashford (England/Manchester United), and Alex Morgan (USA/San Diego Wave).

This nomination serves as a recognition of Oshoala’s outstanding contributions to her community through the establishment of the Oshoala Academy. The academy’s primary goal is to provide top-notch football training and life skills education to its beneficiaries. It also aims to empower young women through sports, transforming them into exemplary figures within their communities and ambassadors for the skills they acquire.

According to the announcement, the nominees in other categories, including men’s, women’s, Yachine Trophy, and Kopa Trophy, will be unveiled on September 6.

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