By Johnny Edward:
Reigning African Women’s Footballer of The Year, Asisat Oshoala, insists the success of the Super Falcons team at the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations comes first ahead of all individuals’ personal ambitions, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Oshoala ended her two-game goal drought in style by netting a hat-trick for the Super Falcons who thrashed Equatorial Guinea 6-0 to set up a feisty encounter against the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon in the semi-finals of the tournament.
Oshoala reiterates that though she enjoys the accolades for scoring a hat trick after missing glaring chances in the team’s first two games.
“It is a very good feeling to get three points obviously that’s the most important thing. I’m also happy to be on the score sheet. I’ve been working so hard, so I think I deserve this and I’m grateful to my teammates for the work everyone put in and the determination even after losing the first game to South Africa,” Oshoala said during a post-match interview in Cape Coast Ghana.
“We didn’t give up, we spoke to ourselves and told ourselves we need to show that we are champions. I think we’ve actually improved so far and today was a great outing for us.
“This tournament is not about individual performance. For me, the most important thing is to get the World Cup ticket. I decided to be more of a team player because I care more about my team and nation than personal glory and individual accolades.”
“I think with my experience, the team victory is more important and I’m happy with my self, my teammates and I think Nigerians are happy which is the most important thing.”
Oshoala who won the Total Woman of The Match award also believes the Super Falcons don’t solely rely on her to get the goals.
“We don’t have to depend on Asisat alone because we have Francisca (Ordega), Desire (Oparanozie), Anam (Imo), Ajibade (Rasheedat) and this is very good for us because the team as a whole is confident.”
She added: “I might be like a plus for the players, but all the strikers in the team are goal scorers. So we have confidence on each other.
“It’s normal as a professional player to want to get goals in some games but what I believe in, with my experience, is that in a game where you miss chances as a striker you just have to keep giving people chances which was the decision I made.
“At some point, I knew I wasn’t going to score any longer because I really do not struggle to score goals, so I just had to tell myself it’s time to give assists which was what I did. But like I always say, the team’s victory is more important than individuals’ accolades.”