Nigeria's attacking kahuna Asisat Oshoala is ruled out of the rest of the WAFCON tournament in Morocco. The Barcelona femme fatale sustained a Grade 2 Medial Collateral Ligament strain in the game against South Africa on Monday.
Oshoala has been toothless for the Super Falcons for sometime now, if truth be told. She has also suffered a number of injuries recently that kept her out of engagements like February's WAFCON qualifiers against Ivory Coast.
Whilst never wishing a player to be injured, a bevy of Nigeria fans will not mourn her absence for the remainder of the WAFCON tournament.
It is now time for the likes of Chinonyerem Macleans and Vivian Ikechukwu to step up to the plate and stand up to be counted.
Obviously Ifeoma Onumonu is higher in the pecking order of strikers. But her languid and slower style has to be counterbalanced with ruthlessness in front of goal and effective hold-up play in this tournament otherwise she might rightly lose her place.
Also, we still have the likes of Uchenna Kanu and ageless Fransisca Ordega as other potent striking options open to the Super Falcons.
So, Oshoala’s unfortunate absence provides an aperture of serendipity for other hungry and passionate strikers to shine in the tournament.
Another big name, big games striker in Oparanozie was earlier ruled out of the tournament due to travelling challenges.
All well meaning Super Falcons fans wish Oshoala speedy recovery.
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