By Promise Oshewa
African Female Footballer of the year and prolific Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala has advocated the total support of the girl-child in embracing her dreams, especially football so as to ensure greatness in life.
The skilled FC Barcelona’s striker who is also the Ambassador of Emzor Pharmaceutical made the call during a press briefing held at the premises of Emzor Pharmaceutical Company, in Lagos.
In her remarks, she revealed that she has established a foundation called “Asisat Oshoala” with the aim of changing the wrong notions and concepts associated with the girl-child. She hinted that the foundation will assist all interested girl-children towards becoming the football super stars they have ever dreamt of.
In her speech, the Executive General Director of Emzor, Mrs. Zuma, reminded all of the company’s support for football related matters in the last four years.
“Emzor has been a sponsor of the Super Eagles and Super Falcons for over 4 years, and have also been supporting the players. Emzor has also created a platform for Asisat to be shown to the world and also realize her dreams not only in the football arena, but also assist her as she decides to give back to the society.
“She is a three time award winning player, who has played in clubs in China and Europe and now in Barcelona and when she is not playing football she is empowering the girl-child in the country with the resources that have been provided for her, she has promoted various young ladies who are now professionally rooted in the game of football. She is also the Lagos state Anti-drug Ambassador who is bent on impacting positively on women, and that is why Emzor has decided to support her all along as she is now a role model for females who are determined” she said.
Reacting to questions, Asisat informed that while growing up, she faced challenges as she was not opportune to play football because of her Muslim background, but still managed to live her dreams.
“I started my football career with FC Robo, alongside some of my female friends, but today, I am the only one playing professionally. This is not because they were not interested but because of family issues they faced.
“I have been able to fly my flag high, and remain a good model for others. I’ll use every opportunity I have to encourage the girl-child. I’ll train with them, and also make available every necessary resources for them to keep the faith in them strong” she said.
She added that her foundation is striving positively to make sure girls who are determined are encouraged and given a sense of belonging, so they can make a difference in life.