WAFCON 2022: We Are Looking Beyond South Africa, Want To Qualify For The World Cup – Oshoala
Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, says the Nigerian female national team is looking beyond the game against Banyana Banyana of South Africa.
The Falcons have dominated female football in Africa and have always remained favourite for major tournaments in Africa until the Banyana Banyana pipped them 4-2 to claim the maiden edition of the Aisha Buhari cup in Abuja in 2021.
Ever since the upset, many believed the South African female national team have arrived and are capable of beating their Nigerian opponents again when they file out on July 4 in Morocco on the opening day of their group games in this year’s Women’s African Cup of Nations.
Reacting to the insinuation, Barcelona striker, Oshoala believes that the Super Falcons objectives are way far beyond the game against the Banyana Banyana.
She said, “I think we are in a good group, we would have the opportunity to qualify for the next round but football is not what you just sit and talk about, it’s what you do on the pitch.
“A lot of people are saying a lot of things about South Africa, of course, they are a good team, a great team, and a great record in Africa. Aside from Aisha Buhari’s cup loss, we [Super Falcons] have defeated them a lot of times but recently, it’s about what you do on the pitch, it’s not about what you’ve done in the past.
“Prior to Aisha Buhari’s cup, people didn’t expect us to lose the game against them [South Africa], so many people said, Super Falcons will beat them, then we lost the game. And now, people are saying they are going to win, they are a good side, they’re the best side now. it’s okay for people to talk, of course, the fans will talk and these are the things we also enjoy when you watch other games as well, so, it’s normal for people to talk.
“The most important thing for us is going in the pitch and making a statement for ourselves, that’s the assignment that we have, and making sure we qualify from the group stage to the next round and all of that.
“So, it’s a whole lot more than South Africa for us as a team.”
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She said, “A lot of people are passionate about the game here [in Nigeria], it hurt so bad that we won’t be seeing our dear Super Eagles at the world cup, which is actually painful for every one of us but also we [Super Falcons] have the opportunity to redeem the situation by trying to get a ticket to the world cup. As I said earlier, we want to qualify for the tournament [i.e the FIFA World cup] as well as win the AFCON Trophy.
“As a team, we know what’s at stake, and we don’t want that the two top teams in the country won’t be at the world cup back-to-back. So we will make sure that we secure the ticket to the world cup.”