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Exclusive: 2023 WWC: It’s Oshoala’s Time To Shine –Babangida

Exclusive: 2023 WWC: It’s Oshoala’s Time To Shine –Babangida

Former Super Eagles winger, Tijani Babangida believes Super Falcons star, Asisat Oshoala will flourish at the fast approaching 2023 Women’s World Cup.

The 28-year-old striker enjoyed yet another successful 2022-23 season after bagging 21 goals and three assists in 28 games for Barça Femeni, a feat she has become accustomed to in her 5-year stint at the club in Spanish Women’s Football.

Recall that Oshoala scored in Nigeria’s 2015 and 2019 World Cup appearances and will hope to guide a strong Nigeria side out of the group stages, where they are matched with Ireland, Australia, and Canada.

In a chat with Completesport.com Babangida said that Oshoala has a point to prove at this World Cup, most especially knowing fully that she’s at the peak of her career.

“Asisat Oshoala is shown that she’s a fantastic player and good  scorer when presented with the chance. 

 

“Her brilliant display for Barcelona last season is an indication that she is going to the world Cup to shine. In fact, it’s Oshoala’s time to shine and help the Super Falcons achieve their biggest record at the tournament.”


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  • Ako Amadi 11 months ago

    Babangida, tell us how the Super Falcons can shine as a unit. Stop picking out individual players

  • Arara Kumbie 11 months ago

    Oshoala has not scored many goals for Nigeria.

  • NFF is a shambles!
    Expecting great things from these players and heaping pressure on them is unfair!!
    NFF needs to be reformed from top to bottom and some of our ex-players should do well to start asking serious questions about how the sport is run in our country.

    • pompei 11 months ago

      FIFA needs to make an exception with Nigeria. We’re fed up.

    • Ako Amadi 11 months ago

      NFF where the $980k FIFA gave Nigeria for qualifying? Waldrim is complaining that the money has disappeared,while he and the Super Falcons have not been paid in months.

  • In the video below, Randy Waldrum opens the lid on his issues with the NFF. The points he raised are the following:

    1) Lack of accountability of the NFF to Nigerians unlike how other Football Federations are accountable to the populace they serve.

    2) Reasons why some Nigeria Internationals are not keen to represent the country (because of how badly they are allegedly treated by the NFF vis a vis how they are treated by their clubs).

    3) How players like Oparanozie and Oluehi were excommunicated from the national team for standing up for the rights of the players.

    4) How the NFF retaliated by banning Waldrum’s World Cup winning assistant Lauren Gregg from World Cup camp because he refused to include an untested homebased goalkeeper in his squad.

    5) Waldrum questions NFF’s transparency over alleged $960,000 FIFA fund disbursed to the Federation to prepare for the tournament, more so as the three week camping period he was promised in Nigeria never materialied.

    5) How the Super Falcons players demonstrated by not training at all for the 3rd place playoff against Zambia in last year’s Afcon due to unpaid emoluments.

    6) How atrocious logistics are being managed and how poorly several friendly matches (like the one against Japan last year) were planned.

    Watching the interview got me really dejected.

    For the sake of balance, it is important to point out that the NFF (to be best of my knowledge) are yet to respond to Waldrum’s allegations and observations. I eagerly await their response.

    https://youtu.be/SsdYml7X7ps

    • 7) Additional, Waldrum claims that FIFA allows the participating teams’technical staff to have up to 22 people. But, according to him, the NFF only made provision for about 11 on their staff.

      He said:”If FIFA will pay bonuses for up to 22 people, why don’t we have 22 people, why don’t I have an analyst, why don’t we have scouts?”

      He said he doesn’t have any scouts to send or reconnaissance missions on opposing teams or to conduct video analysis.

      8) He said Nigeria will not always win the WAfcon and will even struggle to qualify for future women’s world cups if the NFF does change the way they do business.

      9) He also said that, after missing the World Cup in Qatar last year, he had expected the NFF to pull out all the stops to make sure that the Super Falcons were super prepared and highly motivated for this tournament. But no, not a chance!

      This is bad.

    • pompei 11 months ago

      It is bad. That’s an understatement. WHAT A MESS.
      Good job listing out the salient points of the interview. SO MANY PROBLEMS!
      Waldrum owed for 7 months. Players owed for 2 years. 2 YEARS!
      Waldrum has been thru the wringer working with these NFF folks. This is what Rohr also faced. It’s really incredible what Rohr managed to achieve in these circumstances.
      The Lauren Gregg fiasco really needs to be investigated. For Waldrum to call and text without getting a response from the NFF is the height of unprofessionalism. Waldrum said without Gregg, he could not train the girls properly, because his Nigerian assistants do not know him well enough to help him. Why was Gregg expelled exactly?
      Where is the 960k that was disbursed to NFF? Waldrum’s point about FIFA fronting flight ticket money if the Federation does not have it begs the question – WHY ARE FLIGHT TICKET COSTS AN ISSUE?
      Waldrum said he has no staff to scout opponents! And FIFA has already disbursed funds to enable Nigeria have scouts on staff.
      So many problems.
      The host of the program said he looks forward to reading Waldrum’s biography where he would fully reveal the shenanigans he experienced at the hands of the NFF. It should make for very interesting reading indeed!

    • Dr. Drey 11 months ago

      The NFF is a disgrace….!!!

      No more no less.

      Till I die, I will always vote for foreign coaches to handle our national teams. At least with them some level of sanity is guaranteed.

      Waldrum is just showing them with these interviews that you dont mess with a yankee……LMAOoo

      I thought some bunch of dare-devil liars come here to bleat about foreign coaches getting better treatment from NFF…??

      These ones just protect themselves with their contracts and ensure they keep proper records unlike their usually desperate local counterparts.

      When I tell people we overachieved with Rohr……they open their rotten teeth to hurl insults at me.

      Is it under this type of FA some drunkards think Herve Renhard will work….?? LMAOOo.

      Imagine owing a coach who isnt even earning up to $30,000 for 14 good months……and they daydreamers want the likes of Renhard who command 6-digit salaries…LMAOoo

      The funny thing is that all of these are already in the public domain now. Let us see the World class coach that will agree to work with the NFF in the coming years.

      And to so-called think the technical director of the NFF in of the over-rated 94 squad…??

      What sort of technical director keeps mum when the asst coach of the national team is being barred from going to the WC for no reason….???

      What sort of technical director keeps mum when some 5th columnists are insisting a GK who has never been with the team MUST be taken to the WC ahead of the one that has been there from DAY 1….???

      Can there just be a volcanic eruption at the NFF headquarters one day to just bury all of them in that Dankaro house once and for all…?????

    • But, excuse me somebody, oh my God, what is fundamentally wrong gaan niii with a Nigerian when they throw him even a small crumb of power? Is this genetic abi nah curse!??? Even the followers, have small convo with them and you’ll see nearly everybody get the mindset o. Some even worse than the public purse raiders currently in power!! Cold go catch you for summer.

      Like this General Secretary, Dr Sansi, why is the ego and selfishness of the average Nigerian ‘oga’ in public office as high as mount Kilimanjaro and they wilfully sabotage national interests? If Oluehi, Nnadozie, and Waldrum didn’t go public with all the internal scandals, where were the investigative sports journalists to dig up and expose the immense rot?

      How really difficult is selfless, altruistic, and patriotic leadership? How do these kinds of pests and demons constantly get into power across all spheres of national life? What kind of self-inflicted bondage is this? I’m just seething with anger? Where is EFCC? Where is ICPC? Who will suspend the NFF GS and President? Why is Pinnick still walking free!!??

      FIFA too will be claiming pe “no government interference oo, don’t interfere and kinikan, yen, yen,yen.” Okay nah, so how do we correct all these humongous anomalies!!?? The media and fans have been very critical of Waldrum since after the embarrassing loss to Zambia (not knowing players boycotted training cos of owed bonuses), let’s see how courageous they’ll be to turn the heat on the predators and looters in the Glass House.

      Ironically, they say don’t throw a stone when you live in a glass house, the NFF media man has been doing just that in the past few days in response to this saga. Well, they should get ready for the entire HQ to be shattered and the shards of glass collapse on all the the thieves occupying it.

  • In a video, Randy Waldrum opens the lid on his issues with the NFF. The points he raised are the following:

    1) Lack of accountability of the NFF to Nigerians unlike how other Football Federations are accountable to the populace they serve.

    2) Reasons why some Nigeria Internationals are not keen to represent the country (because of how badly they are allegedly treated by the NFF vis a vis how they are treated by their clubs).

    3) How players like Oparanozie and Oluehi were excommunicated from the national team for standing up for the rights of the players.

    4) How the NFF retaliated by banning Waldrum’s World Cup winning assistant Lauren Gregg from World Cup camp because he refused to include an untested homebased goalkeeper in his squad.

    5) Waldrum questions NFF’s transparency over alleged $960,000 FIFA fund disbursed to the Federation to prepare for the tournament, more so as the three week camping period he was promised in Nigeria never materialied.

    5) How the Super Falcons players demonstrated by not training at all for the 3rd place playoff against Zambia in last year’s Afcon due to unpaid emoluments.

    6) How atrocious logistics are being managed and how poorly several friendly matches (like the one against Japan last year) were planned.

    Watching the interview got me really dejected.

    For the sake of balance, it is important to point out that the NFF (to be best of my knowledge) are yet to respond to Waldrum’s allegations and observations. I eagerly await their response.

    7) Additional, Waldrum claims that FIFA allows the participating teams’technical staff to have up to 22 people. But, according to him, the NFF only made provision for about 11 on their staff.

    He said:”If FIFA will pay bonuses for up to 22 people, why don’t we have 22 people, why don’t I have an analyst, why don’t we have scouts?”

    He said he doesn’t have any scouts to send or reconnaissance missions on opposing teams or to conduct video analysis.

    This is bad.

  • My question is what is the coach still doing managing the falcons team when he knows he will never get the support of this our NFF cabals?
    As I have said earlier, the team can not go far in the tournament considering this divided house.
    Don’t be surprised if the girls refuse to train for any of the matches at the world cup as a protest against NFF.

  • It’s really pathetic!
    Getting worse day by day..!
    This is picnic part II
    But it’s gonna be different ball game because Waldrum gives no damn about the prolly the most corrupt FA in the world..
    What is the EFCC doing.
    If they had interrogated picnic and made him cough out all he stole, Gusau and cohorts would have learnt a lesson
    The fact is not making the headline on CSN is really baffling..
    Shame on you nff!!

  • This is deep,I am utterly disappointed with the NFF,Waldrum has been stomaching shit for years,these guy’s just want him to fail. I don’t see how excellence can be demanded from a team and it’s coach when the structure is absent. We have talent as usual but no structure.

  • Dr. Drey 11 months ago

    Hehehehe…contri pipo….Its about to go down o…!

    Super Falcons threaten to boycott World Cup opener over pay…..!!!
    Score Nigeria Reporter by Score Nigeria Reporter

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    The Super Falcons have threatened to boycott their opening 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup opening group game against Canada on July 21 over cancelled match bonus.

    Senior players in the team took the decision to boycott the match on July 21 after the NFF announced they will not be paid match bonus at the World Cup because FIFA will pay each player a minimum of $30,000 appearance fee.

    National newspaper The Punch reported a team source as saying: “We are going ahead to press for our demands.

    “We are ready to go as far as missing our first game against Canada because this has to stop.”

    This latest revolt comes against the backdrop of a highly publicised bust-up between the NFF and the Super Falcons coach Randy Waldrum.

    Waldrum accused the NFF of interfering in his team selection and not supporting the team.

    The NFF have since countered, dismissing the American coach as incompetent.

    It would be recalled that FIFA were forced to intervene when the same team staged a sit-in strike soon after they were eliminated from the 2019 World Cup in France also over pay.
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    Abeg make una grab popcorn and sidon watch action movie o…!

    I am with the SF in this all the way……!!!!

    • Hehehe, international disgrace loading. The gbas gbos is going from the local league to EPL and La Liga levels. This time, Sanusi cannot single out Oluehi or Ohale or any scapegoat. They’re wise to make it a collective voice this time around.

  • Chudynak 11 months ago

    We like lamenting yet remain docile. What stops all the people typing all these displeasures from organizing themselves and marching to the glass house for a mother-of-all protest to demand that things be done right OE the NFF president steps aside? It is only in Nigeria that people keep on typing and shouting without action! With this form of great docility, the actors are emboldened to even do worse. PEACEFUL PROTESTS ARE VALID!

  • All these irrational ex-internationals and sports journalists won’t be interested in the despicable act to humanity. They are only interested in praising like gospel singers..
    The nff has been using all forms of gimmicks to create division in the team.. They suspended oparanozie and took the skipper’s band from her because she spoke out.. They named Asisat thinking that she would play along and when she resisted, they infiltrated the team with tribalistic strategy and lost the Olympics ticket. Asisat spoke out and they stripped her of the band without communication. Onome took over the leadership and to their surprise Asisat didn’t rock the boat, instead she is helping to kill the the divide and rule tactics of the nff.

    This time around its not about Oparanozie, its the injection of experience of the oldest and most accomplished falcon (national) and the GOAT of African female soccer.

    Now it’s the Ameeican Sniper blended team Ebi, team Asisat and team Opara against the nff..

    The Falcons and the American Sniper is a blockbuster that could change the trajectory and future of our beloved sports..

    Forget abour the Wcup, lets sit down, relax and enjoy the great Summer Fiasto.

    • chuks haifa 11 months ago

      Nice analysis. I am just waiting for North Korea and USA fight in the falcons. NFF has met their match this time. They will definitely hear it this time.

  • Falcons plan protest, World Cup boycott as NFF cancels bonuses.

    Let this yeye adojutini NFF be disbanded.
    They have completely damaged our football.

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