Asisat Osoala


Super Falcons Captain, Asisat Oshoala, is worried that despite the strides women football has made in recent times, Africans still do not accord the ladies the respect they deserve. The FC Barcelona Ladies top striker is particularly disturbed by the apathy those running the game in the continent display when it comes to women’s teams.

Speaking at the weekend, Oshoala faulted the outright cancellation of the 2020 African Women’s Cup of Nation’s by CAF, saying it was not the right direction “to take at this critical moment when women football is struggling to grow in the continent.” She said the decision further shows that women football is not regarded as an important aspect of life in Africa.

She argued that if it involved men or boys, the national federations would have risen against the cancellation.

“The news of the cancellation of the 2020 CAF Women’s Nations Cup was a shock to me because as a player, this is a tournament we all look forward to every two years. It would have been better if it was postponed and not totally cancelled. It is not fair on women footballers.

“If it were the men’s Nations Cup, the various football federations and the media would have been lamenting, making noise and mounting pressure on CAF to reverse the decision. But now that it is women football nobody is talking. Other women footballers in the continent are not delighted with the cancellation of the championship.”

She condemned the attitude of CAF and the other federations to women football, adding that poor funding has retarded the growth of women football in Africa.

“In 2016, Cameroun hosted the African Women Nations Cup and CAF was highly commended for a fantastic show. And now after four years, CAF was still contemplating in March if Nigeria or any other country would host the championship scheduled for November 2020.

“Notwithstanding the COVID-19 issue, this is not right. We are supposed to have gone beyond this level in Africa.

“At the FIFA level, the host of the next Women World Cup is already known. Women football in Africa needs help by the stakeholders showing more interest in the game,” she said.

Oshoala, however, expressed delight at the prospect of teams in the continent playing in the CAF Champions League, saying it would help in promoting the game across the continent.

“I thank CAF for this move, but I am not happy with the cancellation of the CAF Awards as it should be held visually by Zoom or any other online process. That would have saved CAF the cost of inviting people to a venue.

“I am not saying this for selfish reasons because I already have four awards. It is for the progress of the continent. This is the only award we look up to in Africa,” she added.

On the local scene, Oshoala said the Nigeria Football Federation should organise more quality friendly games for the Super Falcons to keep the team in shape.

“We, the players, have been discussing with the NFF to organise more games for us. Apart from the qualifiers, the team needs to meet often to make it easier for the players to blend well. This is why other teams in Europe are ahead of us. I believe after the sports lockdown, the NFF will look on it,” she said.

Asisat “Superzee” Oshoala is the first African footballer to join the FA Women’s Super League. Signed to Liverpool Ladies, Asisat Oshoala has continued to do Nigeria and indeed Africa proud as she garners accolades and awards from around the world.

Apart from playing with a prestigious team- Liverpool Ladies, a few awards to her name include the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year: 2015, Queen of The Pitch Award: 2014 African Women’s Footballer of the Year: 2014. African Women’s Youth Player of the Year: 2014. African Women’s Championship Golden Ball: 2014, FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Golden Boot: 2014 and many others.

The question that usually comes to mind in the face of such resounding success is – what is the secret?

Let’s take a look.


In an interview with Goal.com, Asisat says “I like my team. It has always been my dream to play for Liverpool Ladies.” The result is that her team members “enabled me score those goals that gave me the award”


In an interview with theguardian.com, Asisat talks about her how her goals affected her choice of friends.
According to her; “I love football and I can’t be moving with people who maybe only want to talk about clothes and bags. I love football and that’s why I mingled with the boys, I didn’t really walk with the girls.”


Asisat’s parents never supported her dreams to be a footballer. They insisted that she follows the traditional route of completing her academics. However, Asisat had a better pan and she stuck with it.
In an interview with supersport.com, she tells us about it, “my parents never supported me at the initial stage because I was exceptionally good in my academics.I had to drop out of school to the chagrin of my parents.It was not an easy decision but with the benefit of hindsight, I think it was the right one”


Asisat, in an interview with FIFA.com spoke on her philosophy; “It’s my life philosophy. I consider myself a happy girl, because whatever situation I find myself in, I try to be happy. I like to see people smiling, to make my friends laugh and smile. That’s what I’m like!”


When speaking with Naij.com, Asisat insisted that her dreams have not yet being achieved besides all the accolades she has already, “I see myself at the very echelon of female sports in the world “ she said.

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