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Is it Right for Asisat Oshoala to Pick and Choose Which Nigeria Friendly Matches She Features?

Updated: Mar 31, 2023


Mercurial Striker Asisat Oshoala headlined the list of players invited by Waldrum to prosecute the Super Falcons' friendly games against Haiti and New Zealand in April.


As she failed to show up for February's invitational tournament in Mexico without any viable reason, many Super Falcons fans are now speculating that she might do a no-show this time too.


If that happens, it then begs the question: is Oshoala cherry picking which Super Falcons games that she honours?


Personally, I think it’s due to ‘injury management’. You see, Oshoala has been in and out of niggling injuries for the past few years. So, I believe it makes sense for her to manage the number of games she features.


She was part of the Afcon squad last July (just a few months ago) only to withdraw after just one match due to injury.


I recommend she should focus on her club commitments for now to enhance her chances of being fit and flying for the world cup.


When it comes to the team's coaching crew, i have zero faith in Randy Waldrum’s abilities but, if he elects for the more defensive 5-3-2 formation, I might start to believe again.


I suspect we have players capable of causing major upsets in the world cup with this formation. My killer starting lineup will be:


Goalkeeper:

– Nnadozie


Wingbacks:

– Payne

– Alozie


Centre backs:

– Plumptre

– Ohale

– Demehin


Defensive midfielder:

– Ucheibe


Attacking midfielders:

– Okobi

– Ajibade


Strikers:

– Onumonu (preferably Kanu)

– Oshoala


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