Oshoala Out As Falcons Depart Abuja For AWCON Qualifier Return Leg Against Cote D’Ivoire


Captain Asisat Oshoala has been ruled out as the Super Falcons of Nigeria depart Abuja today for Abidjan to keep a date with Lady Elephants for the return leg of the final qualifier for the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup

The second leg fixture is scheduled for the Stade Robert Champroux in Abidjan on Wednesday this week.

The Barcelona Femini forward missed the first leg fixture due to a hamstring injury she suffered while running on the eve of the game against Ivory Coast.

Reports indicate that “Oshoala won’t feature in the second leg against Ivory Coast due to sustained injures and may be out for another two months.”

This comes after her depressive post on Twitter on Friday. In the now-deleted tweet, Oshoala wrote, “life is just unfair…. tired of trying.”

Nine-time champions Nigeria put one leg into the 12th Africa Women’s Cup of Nations finals in Morocco when they defeated Ivory Coast 2-0 at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Friday.

A brace by US-based forward Ifeoma Onumonu took the Falcons above the visitors in the two-match fixture, with the winners proceeding to the finals in Morocco, from where Africa’s representatives at next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup would emerge.

Nigeria Football Federation, NFF which confirmed the date for the departure did not included time and the airport of their transit.

“The Super Falcons contingent will fly out of Nigeria on Sunday morning for the reverse leg, scheduled for the Stade Robert Champroux in Abidjan on Wednesday, 23rd February,” the federation said.

It is expected, however, that the team will fly out from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja via Chatted Air Peace plane.