Barcelona Femeni of Spain attacker, Asisat Oshoala is relishing her return to regular scoring form with Nigeria’s female national team, Super Falcons, and hopes it continues that way at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Megasportsarena.com reports that Oshoala was on song once again for the Falcons on Sunday, as she netted twice to help Thomas Dennerby’s side eke out a 3-0 win over Slovenia Women’s League side, ZNK Pomurje in their final tune-up game.
The three-time African Women Footballer of The Year scored an eight-minute brace against the Slovenian champions, who were trailing 2-0 at half time, after Oshoala struck target in the 18th and 26th minute.
Although the Falcons showed superiority in the second half, they had to wait until the 91st minute before extending their lead through America-based striker, Uchenna Kanu.
Dennerby dropped a hint to his starting line-up for their World Cup opener against Norway on June 8, with starting spots to Oshoala, Ngozi Okobi, Desire Oparanozie, Francisca Ordega, Halimatu Ayinde, Rita Chikwelu, Onome Ebi, Ngozi Ebere, Faith Michael, Osinachi Ohale and goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie.
The coach from Sweden then made a rash of substitutions in the second half with as many as seven players entering into the fray, including Kanu, Chinwendu Ihezuo, Chinaza Uchendu, Anam Imo, Amarachi Okoronkwo, Evelyn Nwabuoku and Rasheedat Ajibade.
Nigeria begin their campaign against Norway this Friday, then play South Korea on June 12 and hosts France on June 17, ahead of which Oshoala is enthusiastic she will rain more goals when the chips come down.
Oshoala, who scored a brace in each of the Falcons’ last two matches, is heading to France 2019 with added delight, following her successful permanent transfer to Barcelona, with a substantive contract sealed.
Only weeks ago, she became the first African to score in the final of the UEFA Women’s League, though Barca lost to the defending champions, Olympique Lyon in France.
The former FC Robo Queens of Lagos, Rivers Angels of Lagos, Liverpool and Arsenal Ladies of England and Dalian Quanjian of China star took to social media to reflect on her expectations from the Female Mundial.
Although she added a post to question the shock loss by Nigerian-born heavyweight boxer, Anthony Olaseni Oluwafemi Joshua to Mexico’s Andy Ruiz Jnr on Saturday, Oshoala turned her focus fully on the Falcons.
She noted in another post that Nigerian soccer fans now have a duty to support the Falcons all the way, despite doubts hanging over their chances in Group A against Norway, Korea and the hosts, France.
Oshoala posted: “No matter what, they’re still going to have to keep putting in the effort and support the female team.”