Nigerian-born Muslim professional female football icon, Asisat (Azeezat) Lamina Oshoala, 22, played for UK’s Arsenal Ladies Football Club since 2015. She was named the best player and highest goal scorer at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Oshoala found success as a forward for Nigeria’s youth teams but made most of her early appearances for the senior national team as an attacking midfielder. She was nicknamed Seedorf after Dutch male footballer Clarence Clyde Seedorf and has also been referred to as Superzee by her teammates (here).
Oshoala won the BBC’s Women’s Footballer of the Year Award in 2015 before joining Arsenal from Liverpool.
She helped the Gunners win the Women’s FA Cup at Wembley in May 2016 and was recently awarded the African Women’s Player of the Year Award.
She also played for her country at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
On February 15, 2017, Arsenal announced that Oshoala has joined Chinese football team Dalian Quanjian. It’s reported that the Chinese club has offered her eight-times more money than she was earning at Arsenal.
There are many other Muslim female athletes rarely mentioned in the western media. For example Iran’s Olympian gold medalist Kimia Alizadeh, American Olympian fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, Gaza’s marathon runner Inas Nofal, Belarus-Iranian Muslim convert Leila Rajabi, El-Ghobashy from Egypt, Aliya Mustafina from Russia, Sania Mirza from India, and Aravane Rezai from France.