Oshoala: Super Falcons can win an Olympic medal

Oshoala: Super Falcons can win an Olympic medal
Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria during the 2024 Olympics Qualifiers Nigeria Training at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on 08 April 2024 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Jun 16, 2024. 13:00

Nigerian superstar Asisat Oshoala has declared her confidence that the Super Falcons will not only advance from the ‘group of death’ at the 2024 Olympic Games, but possibly win a medal.

Nigeria has been drawn alongside world champions Spain, Japan and Brazil in a brutal group which has fans fearing that their stay in Paris will be a short one.

However, in an interview with FIFA, the former African Footballer of the Year winner declared that just like at the Women’s World Cup, Nigeria will overcome the odds.

“At the World Cup last year, people said the same thing,” Oshoala explained. “They said we were in the Group of Death (with Australia, Canada, and the Republic of Ireland) and could not qualify. But we did.

“I have a lot of confidence in this team. We have many young players and we can make things difficult for our opponents. We don’t just think about getting out of the group; I think we can actually walk away with a medal.”

Nigeria earned their place at the Olympics thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 aggregate win over South Africa back in April, securing qualification for their first Games since 2008.

The women’s football tournament is set to kick off on July 25, a day before the Olympic Games opening ceremony, and will culminate with the final in Paris on August 10.

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