By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Super Falcons captain and FC Barcelona forward, Asisat Oshoala says it’s an interesting period to see Super Falcons come together once again since October 2019.
Oshoala disclosed this while speaking with the team Media Officer, Oluchi Tobe Chukwu in Turkey ahead of their opening game at the Turkish Women’s Cup on Thursday against CSKA Moscow.
“Couple of days spent here with the coach in Turkey has been interesting. We have speaking on phone before now. Getting to see him and work with him. It’s a good experience getting a new coach and getting together to train together after close to two years apart. It’s pretty much an interesting period as well to see the girls come together once again. We hope we can do better at the tournament here in Turkey. At the end of the day, we are happy to be together as a team with an opportunity to compete with other countries and football clubs. It’s being a while that we have had this opportunity together.”
The former FC Robo Queens player asserted that she hopes the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) continues by organising games for the team during international windows in preparation for the next African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Morocco.
She said: “Hopefully, it continues like this and it doesn’t stop with this particular campaign so that the next time we can get the opportunity to come together again to be able to prepare very well for the next African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON).
“For the Turkish Women’s Cup, will try to see if we can win it. The goal is not to win it but to ensure that the team is back in shape. On the pitch of play, we shall try our 100 percent to win with our first three games. I am sure the coach will give some players a chance to prove themselves and get in more numbers for the next engagements. This is just the first step in 2021 and hopefully, it gets better. For me, as captain, it’s to make sure that the team mixes and get whatever they deserve and speak with the federation to ensure that we get more of this tournament so that we can utilise every international break. This will ensure that we play with the best in the world as well as having improved welfare for players. We thank Nigerians and the NFF for starting this in 2021.”
Players and officials of the team on Tuesday took their mandatory Covid-19 tests in the morning ahead of their opening game.
The team also had their first outdoor training under the tutelage of
Coach Randy Waldrum
at the Emir Sports Complex this afternoon.
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