Lagos - Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala has been named the winner of the maiden edition of the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year Award.
The 20-year-old Liverpool Ladies forward is the first player to win the new award from the BBC World Service, voted for by football fans around the world.
Oshoala beat Spain's Veronica Boquete, German Nadine Kessler, Scot Kim Little and Brazilian Marta to the honour.
Oshoala, who was the youngest player to be shortlisted, was the tournament's leading scorer and was voted best player at the Under-20s World Cup in Canada last summer.
Her performances led Nigeria to the final, where they were narrowly beaten by Germany and she was also a major influence in the senior Nigeria team who won the African Women's Championship in October.
That ensured their qualification for this summer's World Cup in Canada, which begins on 6 June with full coverage on the BBC.
"I would like to say thank you to the BBC, to my fans around the world and to everyone who voted," she said on BBC.
"It's a really good thing for us as a team because we now know that we have something great and now we want to go at the trophy. We can do it, we did it in 2014 we can also do it this year as well.
"There is going to be a lot of motivation for women's football in Nigeria now because of this award because there are a lot of fans out there.
"Support for women's football in Nigeria is now growing very high.
"I know my Liverpool Ladies coach is going to be happy right now. Before I left the UK he called me and said to me 'don't worry I hope you win the award and we're going to celebrate it when you come back'."For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.