Wednesday Jun 22, 2022. 11:00
Nigeria star Asisat Oshoala says the Super Falcons are not exclusively focused on their opening 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations clash against South Africa.
The teams, regarded as two of the favourites for the continental prize, will meet in their opening Group C clash in Rabat on Monday 4 July.
Many have tipped the game as an early title decider, but the Barcelona Femeni star has pushed back against this notion.
“Maybe the mindset of our team and theirs may not be the same, but we have the likes of Cameroon, Morocco, and other great teams in Africa to face,” Oshoala told CAF’s official website.
“I don’t think the opening game is a decider of the tournament, and by the way, it’s not only South Africa we will be facing. It’s a whole tournament.
“We are not going to be seated talking tough about just one team [South Africa]. Obviously, they are a very strong team, a very competitive one as well. Maybe the mindset of our team and theirs may not be the same, but we have the likes of Cameroon, Morocco, and other great teams in Africa to face.
“We are just basically focused on working on ourselves and we are not so bothered about playing South Africa. When we get to the phase of playing them, we will cross it.”
Oshoala has come through an injury-hit season but still managed to be Barcelona’s leading goal scorer. She is eager to make a major impact at her fifth WAFCON.
“I think it’s been a rollercoaster of different emotions, I’ve had good times and bad times, with injuries and all of that. It is just a mixed feeling for me this season,” Oshoala added.
“As usual, I’m in the competition mode, I’m excited, working hard for the tournament, after a couple of years and after being cancelled the last time , we are set for the big one again.”
The 2022 WAFCON gets underway on Saturday 2 July with the opening Group A clash between host nation Morocco and Burkina Faso in Rabat.