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Apr
07
Asisat Oshoala Stripped Of Super Falcons’ Captaincy After Directives From NFF
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Asisat Oshoala has been stripped of the Super Falcons’ captaincy 30 months after being handed the armband by former coach of the Nigeria’s women senior national team Chris Danjuma.

In September 2019, Chris Danjuma took the Super Falcons’ armband from Desire Oparanozie due to her fallout with those in charge of the Nigerian Football Federation.

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Desire Oparanozie made some comments which did not go well with the country’s football chiefs and an order was sent for her to be stripped of the captaincy.

Luckily for Asisat Oshoala, she was named the captain of the Super Falcons inspired the Nigerian women team to Turkish Women’s Cup triumph.

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Why was Asisat Oshoala stripped Super Falcons’ captaincy?

According to the report on Sportsnewsafrica, the Nigerian Football authorities gave the directives and passed it to Super Falcons coach Randy Waldrum ahead of their friendly with Canadian women national team.

“We have no issue whatsoever with Asisat [Oshoala] but thoughts of stripping her of the armbard came after Aisha Buhari Cup last September,” said a high-ranking official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

“This is not for anything negative but for troubling concerns of seeing her struggle in national team colours. We and the coach [Waldrum] observed the captaincy is weighing her down and affecting her play. With or without it, we believe she is a true professional player and should not struggle to prove otherwise by delivering on the pitch.”

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Although the Lagos-born star has been in breathtaking form for Barcelona, ​​boasting of 19 goals in 16 games, she is yet to hit the net for Nigeria in last six outings since her treble against Equatorial Guinea in Turkey in February 2021.

As captain, she starred and inspired the Super Falcons to Turkish Women’s Cup triumph but could not help the team to avoid missing a third consecutive Olympics and also lost the maiden Aisha Buhari Cup title to South Africa.

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Who will become next captain of the Super Falcons?

The report added that strong defender Onome Ebi has been introduced as the new captain of the Super Falcons considering her being an experienced player.

Onome Ebi begins her reign as the new captain of the Super Falcons against Canada in Vancouver while CSKA Moscow forward Ordega will remain the assistant.

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