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Liverpool sign Nigerian U-20 WWC star Oshoala

Asisat Oshoala has signed with Liverpool. (Getty Images)

Asisat Oshoala has signed with Liverpool. (Getty Images)

Liverpool announced on Friday the signing of Nigerian international Asisat Oshoala.

Oshoala won the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot as the best player and top scorer at the 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup, where Nigeria finished runners-up to Germany after an extra-time loss in the final. Oshoala is expected to play for Nigeria at this year’s senior World Cup.

“Since I began my football career I have always dreamt of being a professional footballer so to be able to join the reigning Women’s Super League champions is absolutely fantastic,” Oshoala said.

“Liverpool Ladies are a massive Club who have some fantastic players who I believe can help to develop my game to the next level. It was also a big incentive to be able to play in the UEFA Women’s Champions League which is a huge competition and one I’m confident we can do well in.”

Liverpool are two-time defending FAWSL champions after dramatically winning a second straight league title in October, climbing past Chelsea and Birmingham after starting the final day in third place.

Liverpool manager Matt Beard knows that he landed a prized player.

“We beat a number of top American and European clubs to Asisat’s signature,” he said. “Asisat is one of the best young players in the world.”

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