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Oshoala becomes Multichoice ambassador, explains how nickname 'Agba Baller' became popular at Barca
- Asisat Oshoala and Multichoice Nigeria enter partnership as part of the 'Here for Her' SuperSport campaign
- Oshoala enjoyed a fantastic season with her club Barcelona as they lifted the Women's Champions League for the second time and also defended their league title
- The 28-year-old striker who is fondly called 'Agba Baller' by both her club and fans has now revealed to Sports Brief how the nickname became popular at Barcelona
MultiChoice Nigeria has unveiled prolific Super Falcons and Barcelona striker, Asisat Oshoala, as a brand ambassador. The partnership is part of the 'Here For Her' SuperSport campaign in support of female sports.
Oshoala is one of the biggest football stars from the African continent. She is currently making waves with the Barcelona female team, winning the 2023 Women's UEFA Champions League for the second time and the Spanish League title as reported on Sky Sports.
Multichoice Nigeria CEO hails Oshoala
Speaking at the unveiling in Lagos, Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, Mr. John Ugbe, said the choice of Oshoala as brand ambassador was due to her passion and dedication for the game, which continues to inspire millions across the globe.
"I am especially excited about our partnership with Asisat Oshoala, as I pride myself as an advocate for women, leading a team that comprises an equal split of men and women. We are partnering with Asisat as our brand ambassador, as part of our 'Here For Her' SuperSport promise to support female sports, because she has proven to be a strong dedicated advocate for the sport, and has inspired millions with her skills, athleticism, and grace - on and off the pitch.
"With this brand partnership, we will continue to tell our truly authentic stories and sports forms a key part of that narrative, especially with the upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup from July 20-August 20, 2023, across our SuperSport channels. We are here for the Super Falcons, we are here for Asisat," Ugbe said.
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Commenting on the partnership, Oshoala said the partnership is about giving hope to the younger generation. "I really hope this will be long-term because I can see a lot of positivity at the beginning. This is not about me, but about the younger generation coming, the kids that will be hopeful for the future. I didn't have the opportunity to watch a lot of matches while growing up, but here I am, a MultiChoice ambassador.
"It's amazing how female sports have grown. We need to acknowledge the power of the media at promoting talents, and that is what MultiChoice has brought to us. I appreciate everyone that made this happen. The World Cup is here, MultiChoice will be showing all the matches, and I urge you all to support the Super Falcons," she said.
How Barcelona embraced 'Agba Baller'
Speaking exclusively to Sports Brief at the event, Oshoala, who has often enjoyed indigenous salutation from her fans in Nigeria and her club, has revealed how her nickname 'Agba baller', which in Yoruba language means veteran football star, became popular in Barcelona.
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"I speak our local language to my teammates at Barcelona, I tease them a lot, so it is only normal for our social media handler to pick one or two things and carry them along. I am influential when it comes to trending things like that at my club," Oshoala told Sports Brief.
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Oshoala has enjoyed a spectacular career with loads of trophies and personal awards to her name. She was crowned the African Female Football Player of the Year for 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2022, The Cable reports.
She also won the Golden Ball at the 2014 African Women's Championship and the Golden Boot at the 2016 Africa Women's Championship.
Her other personal awards include the 2014 U-20 Women's World Cup Golden Boot and Golden Ball; the 2017 Chinese Women's League Top Scorer; Queen Of The Pitch Award 2014; BBC Footballer of the Year 2015 and Aiteo Award for Best CAF Player 2017.
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She is now set to lead the Super Falcons squad for the Women's World Cup as Nigeria gets ready to face host nation Australia, Canada, and the Republic of Ireland in Group B.
Barcelona label Oshoala 'Agba Baller'
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Nigerians have expressed happiness after spotting the Twitter account of Barcelona Femeni calling Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala 'agba baller'.
Agba baller is a Yoruba phrase used to describe an experienced and veteran footballer.
The accolades came after Oshoala netted two goals for the Barcelona women's team in their perfect 9-0 win over Benfica, in a UEFA Women's Champions League tie.