By Taiwo Okanlawon
Super Falcons and Barcelona player, Asisat Oshoala has revealed that some female footballers in Nigeria earn as low as N30, 000 monthly.
The 25-year-old former Liverpool player made the comment on Saturday evening during an Instagram live chat with Channels Television, where she stated that this is happening because the government doesn’t give due attention to female football in Nigeria.
While speaking about how to improve female football in Nigeria, the former Arsenal player, among others, said the leagues have to be constant in addition to paying more attention to the welfare of the footballers.
“The league has to be constant. They have to look into the welfare of the players. Some players get paid, maybe N30, 000, a month or maybe N60, 000 maximum and that’s like a lot. They need to be more concerned about the welfare of the players.”
Oshoala added: “I’d rather say: give us a standard coach for the next five years; and let the salary be constant and let the game bonus for my teammates be constant.
“And let us play a lot of friendly games as much as we can. And when we get to that level, we start discussing the next stage. It is something that has to be with a plan.”
Oshoala played for Arsenal Ladies of the FA WSL as a forward before moving to Liverpool. She was named best player and was the highest goal scorer at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. She was also named best player and second top goalscorer with the Super Falcons team who won the 2014 African Women’s Championship.
Liverpool manager, Matt Beard called her “one of the best young players in the world”. She was also nicknamed “Seedorf” after male footballer Clarence Seedorf and has also been referred to as “Superzee” by her teammates.
She also won the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2015. She is currently with Spanish side FC Barcelona Femení in the Primera División as a forward.