Nigeria and Liverpool Ladies forward, Asisat Oshoala, has been nominated for the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award.
There are four players in contention with Nigeria’s Oshoala for the inaugural BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award.
They are Spain’s Veronica Boquete, Germany’s Nadine Kessler, Scotland’s Kim Little and Brazilian forward, Marta.
A panel of experts – including administrators, journalists, coaches and former players – decided on the finalists.
The winner will be decided by readers around the world who are expected to vote for BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2015 by texting the number of the player a particular number.
Mary Hockaday, Controller of BBC World Service English, told the BBC Sport website that they were thrilled by the event:
“With anticipation building ahead of the Women’s World Cup in Canada in June we’re thrilled to announce the shortlist for the first BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award.
“The five shortlisted players represent the creme de la creme of female footballers from across the globe.” Hockaday added.
Oshoala said she felt very appreciated to be nominated:
“I worked hard last year but I am not surprised to be nominated and I feel very appreciated. This award is a very good thing for women’s football. It can really help us by encouraging other countries to support their ladies more and treat them the same way they treat the men,” she said.
Oshoala is the present African Women’s footballer of the year.
The winner will be unveiled on BBC World Service on 26 May after being decided by a public vote.
Fans can vote online through the BBC website or by SMSs
Voting closes on 11 May at 10:00pm
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