Nigeria professional female footballer – Asisat Lamina Oshoala has called on stakeholders in African football to accord the lady footballers the respect they deserve.
According to the FC Barcelona Femení forward and four-time African Women’s Footballer of the Year [2014, 2016, 2017, 2019] award winner the disparity between the male and female football on the continent needs to be eliminated.
‘Superzee,’ as she is referred to by her national team colleagues is particularly not happy with the cancellation of 2020 African Women’s Cup of Nations [AWCON] by CAF and the total disquiet by the media.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
“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.
Despite the effects of coronavirus on all sporting activities across the globe, Ikorodu born striker believes CAF could have found a more pragmatic way to deal with the issue:
“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.