2023 FIFA WWC: Oshoala Focused On World Cup Business

Barcelona and Super Falcons forward Asisat Oshoala says she’s always focused on her football when approaching every game for Nigeria at the 2023 Women’s World Cup without getting nervous about the crowd’s demand of her being in the limelight.

The Super Falcons secured a goalless draw against reigning Olympic champions Canada in their opening group B encounter and remain confident ahead of their second group match against co-hosts Australia on Thursday, July 27.

“When I step my foot on the pitch, I don’t really think about the crowd any longer. Some people say they get nervous when the crowd is too much, but for me, it is different.

“I’m just out there to do my job, I’m about my business”, she said to BBC.

Oshoala’s outstanding performances and achievements have earned her a huge followership across Africa and a Ballon d’Or nomination.

The two-time Champions League winner acknowledges her responsibility to several upcoming youngsters who look up to her as their role model.

“This is top-level football, and it demands self-reflection. Even if you win the game, you have to ask yourself questions like, ‘Ok, maybe I could be better with the pass’ or whatever,” Oshoala noted.

There are a whole lot of kids out there in Africa who actually look up to me; they tell me ‘you’re my icon, you’re my idol,’ and all of that, so I just keep doing what I’m doing,” she humbly expressed.

That’s why I always say when I play games, I just want to have fun. I want to score goals. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the end.”

Oshoala is expected to be in action again on Thursday when the Super Falcons will lock horns against the Matildas of Australia in their second group B encounter.

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