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Asisat Oshoala Quits Barcelona Women For US Club Bay FC

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Nigerian female football star and six-times African Women’s Footballers of the Year, Asisat Oshoala, has been signed by American club Bay FC from Barcelona Women.

Her sign-on fee remains undisclosed.

The 29-year-old, who was named African Women’s Footballer of the Year for a sixth time in December, signed a deal until 2026 with the option of a third year with the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) team.

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Oshoala won four league titles, the Champions League twice and eight domestic cups during five years in Spain, where she had five months to run on her contract with the Catalan club.

“Asisat is a proven goalscorer at the most elite levels of world football,” Bay FC general manager Lucy Rushton said.

Oshoala, who previously had spells with Liverpool and Arsenal, scored 117 goals in 162 appearances for Barca, who she joined from the Chinese side Dalian Quanjian in 2019.

She was the first African woman to win a Champions League title in 2021 – having already become the first African woman to score in a final in 2019.

Oshoala, who has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or twice, joins Bay FC as the San Jose-based outfit prepare for their first NWSL campaign as the American top flight expands to 14 clubs.

“To have the opportunity to add a player of Asisat’s quality, experience and winning pedigree to our roster is an exciting and important day for the club and the NWSL,” Rushton added.

“She brings a top-class mentality to the field combined with pace and technical ability that allows her to lead the line, while also giving those players around her the license to be creative and thrive in space.”

Oshoala’s tally of 117 goals for Barcelona Women made her the club’s fourth-highest goalscorer in the professional era.

 

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