Asisat Oshoala Snubs Senegal and Egypt As She Names Team to Win AFCON 2023

Asisat Oshoala Snubs Senegal and Egypt As She Names Team to Win AFCON 2023

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at December 28, 2023 at 1:21 PM
  • Asisat Oshoala has not picked Senegal as her AFCON 2023 favourites
  • The six-time CAF Women’s Player of the Year also snubbed Egypt
  • The 34th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on January 13

Asisat Oshoala is backing home country Nigeria to overthrow Senegal as African champions when the 34th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations concludes in Ivory Coast.

The six-time CAF Player of the Year has outlined the Super Eagles possess quality players like Victor Osimhen and Victor Boniface, who can lead the charge for a fourth continental title for Nigeria.

Asisat Oshoala, Nigeria, Super Eagles, Super Falcons
Asisat Oshoala in action for Nigeria at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. Photo by Justin Setterfield
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According to The Nation, Oshoala, who noted that Nigeria has a good squad, cautioned the Super Eagles to play as a team and not as individuals to stand a chance of winning the AFCON.

“We have the almighty Victor Osimhen, who is the best player in Africa now, and we have (Victor) Boniface doing very well with his club (Leverkusen).
“But generally, I think we have a very good team, and it’s not only about individual talents, and I think we have a good time to build towards the tournament.”

The Super Eagles will trade tackles with host nation Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, and Guinea Bissau in Group A of the tournament, which is set to take place from January 13 to February 11.

Nigeria arrange two AFCON friendlies

Meanwhile, Nigeria will play two friendlies in January against Burkina Faso and Cape Verde ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, which will be held in Ivory Coast from January 13 to February 11, Punch reports.

The Nigeria Football Federation submitted a provisional 41-man squad to the Confederation of African Football last week, with the final 27-man roster set to be announced on January 3.

The Super Eagles will begin their AFCON 2023 campaign against Equatorial Guinea on January 14 at the Ebimpe Olympic Stadium before facing hosts Ivory Coast on January 18 and Guinea Bissau on January 22.

Osimhen backs Nigeria for AFCON

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Victor Osimhen has declared that Nigeria is ready for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations and is optimistic the Super Eagles will be one of the major contenders for the title in Ivory Coast.

The Super Eagles last won the tournament in 2013 when Stephen Keshi led the team to its third continental title, but they have failed to make the final since then, exiting in the Round of 16 in the 2022 edition.

Osimhen, recently crowned as the 2023 Africa Player of the Year, is confident the Super Eagles are raring to go and have the capacity to defeat other top teams to the AFCON title.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..