Nigerian star female footballer, Asisat Oshoala has described the long-drawn protest by members of the victorious Super Falcons after their Africa Cup of Nations victory in Cameroon as her lowest moment in football.
Super Falcons Protest Was My Worst Experience In Football - Asisat Oshoala
The Arsenal Ladies forward made the declaration in an interview with The Sun in Lagos, stating that though the protest was regrettable, they were left with no option after a series of failed promises by football authorities.
“We were maltreated. It was a bitter experience. I mean what can one say but to give thanks to God. Nigeria is a country full of underground corruption. I mean how can our football administrators say they don’t believe we will emerge the winner of the AWCON when Nigeria has won it more than any other Africa nation,” she queried.
“It broke our hearts. Am yet to get over the stress I went through during the protest period. And I pray Nigeria football never record such a big shame again. Had it been we didn’t win the Cup; am confident we would have been denied our bonuses and allowances. Given the media coverage of the protest, I receive a peaceful letter from Arsenal and I felt ashamed of the situation of our football. I still believe some of my colleagues in Arsenal will jokingly laugh at me when I return back but I have no choice than defending my country come rain come shine when such occurs.”
The 2014 African footballer of the year went on to reveal that football has always been her passion, and she has no regrets dropping out of school to achieve her dreams.
“Those that are educated do so because they want to become millionaires. Footballers are also doing same thing. At a point I almost regretted snubbing school and my parent were not happy with me but I am a girl of my word. I stuck to my dream of playing football. I know what I want and I have a dream of becoming bigger in life and going back to school is important to me.”
She says she’s happy in London where she enjoys the company of Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi and the inspiration of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Oshoala, who emerged top scorer at the 2016 AWCON, says she dedicates her many laurels to the less privileged.
“My people need support and I will do everything within my reach to support them. I will also advice other top stars to keep visiting the motherless baby homes and organising youth empowerment programmes to help foster unity and development in the country.”