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Oshoala is only twenty but she has already won the Adidas Golden Ball and Golden Boot at the Under-20 World Cup (where Nigeria finished as runners-up), the Golden Ball at the African Women’s Championship, the African Women’s Youth Player of the year award and the accolade of African Women’s Footballer of the Year. So what chance she can top it all by inspiring Nigeria to glory in the World Cup itself, which runs from 6 June to 5 July?
Q How do you think Nigeria are going to do?
“I am confident that this year we will see Nigeria doing well. We have the players and many of them have played together at youth level.”
Q Who has been your role model?
“It has to be Perpetua Nkwocha, who is a legend in Nigeria. She is a very good player and also a very good person who has encouraged me a lot.”
Q You recently signed for Liverpool Ladies in England. Was that a proud moment?
“Definitely. It is a massive club with some fantastic players who I believe can help me develop my game. I’ll be able to play in the Champions League too. So I am living my dream.”
6 June-5 July Women’s Football Women’s World Cup, Canada
News in Brief
It has been described as the world’s most challenging marathon – and it can certainly claim to be the most breathtaking. The Safaricom Lewa Marathon is not only run at an altitude of 5000ft, in 35-degree heat and 83 per cent humidity, but it takes competitors through some of the most stunning scenery in Africa. Each year Kenya’s top athletes join tourists and marathon enthusiasts to run, quite literally, alongside the wildlife in the 61,000-acre wildlife conservancy, which is home to over a hundred rhino, several herds of elephant, zebra, giraffe and buffalo. The event takes place on 27 June and will feature 1200 runners from more than 20 different countries, raising money for wildlife conservation. www.lewa.org/support-lewa/safaricom-marathon-2015
The first ever European Games, expected to feature 6000 athletes and 20 different sports, will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 12-28 June.
The Champions League Final in Berlin on 6 June is expected to be televised in more than 200 nations, and achieve a global reach of up to 400m viewers.