Asisat Oshoala who had previously won the award in 2014 and 2016 , beat Cameroonian Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene and Christina Kgatlana of South Africa to the top prize in 2017. In her first season in China, she notched 12 goals including a brace in the final game of the season. Her exploits earned Quanjian a league and cup double, she was also crowned the League’s best striker.
At the end of the 2018 season, Oshoala finished as second highest goal scorer with 10 goals behind Tabitha Chawinga and helped her club Dalian retain their league crown.
Oshoala won the woman of the match award once, was named in the substitutes team of the tournament and lifted the African women’s cup of Nations trophy with Nigeria in Ghana. Oshoala is on the verge of equalling Perpetua Nkwocha’s four time record winner of the award if she gets to win it in Dakar but it definitely won’t come easy.
3. Onome Ebi (Nigeria/Henan Huishang FC)
Onome Ebi is a classical example of winners never quit and quitters never win, considering the career threatening injury she had during the final of 2016 African Women’s Cup Of Nations in Yaounde Cameroon and how she was able to overcome the setback after almost a year without kicking ball, picked herself up and became a solid rock for her club Henan Huishang Fc. Onome played in all except one match for her club and also scored three goals this season. She was the solid rock that took charge of Super Falcons of Nigeria defence during the 2018 African Women’s Cup Of Nations in Ghana, it’s not surprising that she was named in the tournament best XI after the competition by CAF.
Onome had a great season in her club, crowned it with her fourth AWCON title in Ghana and it won’t be surprising if she gets to the podium to lift the prestigious award.
4. Tabitha Chawinga (Malawi/Jiangsu Huatai) :
In 2017, Chawinga finished as Swedish Damallsvenskan top scorer, netting 25 goals before she was snapped up by Jiangsu Huatai of China from Kvarnsveden of Sweden in January 2018.
At the end of the 2018 season, Chawinga ended with 17 goals to scoop the league top scorer award.
Tabitha will be a top contender for this year’s award considering all her exploits this season for her club, she may not have featured in the 2018 African women cup of Nations but her records in her club this season is good enough to see her through to the podium.