It’s ‘Naija For Life!’ – Asisat Oshoala Declares


BY VICTOR OSOWOCHI – At a time when ‘Japa’ has become a popular phrase among many Nigerian youths and families, Super Falcons inspirational Striker, Asisat Oshoala says there is no comprise or dumping Nigeria for any other country in the world.

After shocking the Women’s World Cup co-hosts, Australia 3-2 in their second Group B match against all expectations, Super Falcons striker, Oshoala declared her love for Nigeria, saying it is ‘Naija For Life!’

This is as she enters the Hall of Fame ranked among Africa’s all-time top goal scorers at the global football spectacle.

Joy of victory

In a message to Nigerians, after the female National team beat the Matildas of Australia on Thursday morning, Oshoala described Nigeria as the “best country in the world”.

In her pitch side post-match interview, the FC Barcelona’s star player, after revealing reasons for starting the game on the bench, let all her emotions out when asked if she had a message for her fellow Nigerians.

Explaining that starting from the bench was for the team’s overall good, she said; “Sometimes, you need to make a decision for the team, and to be honest, I wasn’t feeling too well but I am not a selfish person.

“If someone is not 100% fit, then other people can step up, this is why we have 23 players in the team. The players stepped up. It does not matter where I start, what is most important is the team results.”

Interestingly, Oshoala could have received another caution if the match officials were present in her post-match press conference as her excitement led to a slight slip of the tongue.

The player, who bagged a yellow card for taking off her shirt right after scoring Nigeria’s third goal, told the media; “Naija for life! Let’s f***ing go!“, as she signed off at the end of the interview.

Obviously not holding back in giving her teammates their dues, Oshoala had stated thus; “I am going to give kudos to my teammates, everyone played their hearts out. No one knows what this team is made of. We only have to come to the field and show the kind of heart that we have. This team has a lot to offer and the world saw that today.”

Oshoala, who came off the bench to net the third goal and cement the Super Falcons’ victory, also reached the World Cup milestone of ranking among the all-time World Cup top goalscorers in Africa

And the bigger picture is that she has now banged in three goals across three separate World Cups to go level with Nigerian legends, Rita Nwadike and Nkiru Okosieme. Others ranked in that category as Africa’s top goalscorers in the competition are Cameroonian duo Gaëlle Enganamouit and Gabrielle Onguene

But playing down on this milestone achievement and insisting her focus is always on the team, the 28-year-old forward said; “Each tournament I play, I want to fight for my team and fight for this badge. This (Nigeria) is the best country in the world.”

In overcoming the Australians 3-2 to register Africa’s maiden win in the global football carnival, Nigerians move to the summit of Group B ahead of Canada on goal difference as they both sit on four points.

On Monday, Nigeria is scheduled to take on whipping team, Republic of Ireland in their last Group B match as they seek passage into the tournament’s knockout stages.

The Irish are already out of the competition following their two opening losses to hosts, Australia and Olympics Champions, Canada.– With agency reports

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