Asisat Oshoala: Super Falcons Star Bids Farewell to Barcelona, Set for USA Move

Asisat Oshoala: Super Falcons Star Bids Farewell to Barcelona, Set for USA Move

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at February 1, 2024 at 8:38 AM
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  • Asisat Oshoala is finalising her departure from FC Barcelona
  • The Super Falcons star is set to seal a move to the United States
  • The Nigerian forward has scored eight goals this season for Barcelona

Super Falcons forward Asisat Oshoala is set to leave FC Barcelona Femini after five successful years at the Spanish club as a move to the United States of America is on the cards for the Nigerian.

The 29-year-old forward has been struggling to make the Barcelona starting line-up this season, making only four starts in 14 appearances for the reigning La Liga champions.

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Asisat Oshoala has fallen down the pecking order at Barcelona this season and has decided to leave the Catalan club after five years. Photo by Alex Caparros.
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According to Soccernet, Barcelona has accepted a fee of €150,000 from the United States National Women’s Soccer League, Bay FC, for Oshoala, whose contract with the Catalan club was due at the end of the season.

An official announcement is anticipated later this week, with the reigning Africa Footballer of the Year purportedly agreeing to a contract that extends through 2026, including a 2027 option.

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Bay FC, which will make its NWSL debut in 2024, will play their home games at PayPal Park in San Jose, California. On March 17, they will face Angel City in their maiden NWSL campaign.

Oshoala’s successful Barcelona stint unravelled

Meanwhile, Asisat Oshoala’s time with Barcelona has been nothing short of successful since her arrival at the Catalan club from Chinese club Dalian Quanjian in January 2019.

According to Wikipedia, the six-time CAF Women’s Player of the Year winner has won four Primera División titles, three Supercopa de España Femenina honours, and three Copa de la Reina titles during her time in Spain.

Oshoala's historic achievement as the first African to win the UEFA Women's Champions League with Barcelona in 2021 is noteworthy, and she repeated that success in 2023.

Oshoala crowned Africa Best again

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Nigerian striker Asisat Oshoala of the Super Falcons has been named the 2023 CAF Women's Player of the Year, defeating South African Thembi Kgatlana in the process.

The Nigerian international was important in Barcelona Femeni's success in both the UEFA Women's Champions League and the Spanish Women's League.

The former Arsenal forward was also a key player in Nigeria's success in the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, which was hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..