By Adeboye Amosu:
Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala says more female footballers are showing interest in playing in the Chinese Super League because of her exploits with Dalian Quanjian, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The forward who was recently crowned the best female footballer in Africa at the Aiteo CAF Awards enjoyed a memorable year with Quanjian, winning the league and cup titles.
Oshoala also scored 12 goals to emerge as the top scorer and was named the league’s best player.
“Football in China is a different kettle of fish from that in England. However, it is also surprisingly competitive and growing,” Oshoala stated in an interview with British news hub, theGuardian.com.
“We have more top players moving here from Europe.
“I get messages from different players around the world who want to know what the league is like. Of course, the pay is better but it’s not just about the pay. Lots just want to experience something dramatically different.”
The Super Falcons star further stated that while the overall level of the game in China may be considered lower, it is a more level playing field across the league.
“When you go to England or France you see teams taking 7-0, 8-0 beatings but you don’t get that in China,” she stated.
“It’s much more even. Every team has players in the national team and players from abroad. That’s what you need.
“I think this is one of the best leagues I’ve played in because it’s rare you see games with large margins. It’s difficult and competitive. If you don’t have a strong character and are coming from Europe for the first time, I think you would find it tough to adapt.”