Nigeria Super Falcons and Barcelona Femení star Asisat Oshoala says women’s football on the continent is not taken seriously by CAF after they decided to cancel the 2020 Africa Women’s Cup of Nation (AWCON) due to challenging conditions.
The AWCON tournament was last held in 2018 with Nigeria walking away as the African champions after beating rivals Banyana Banyana in the final. The cancellation of the 2020 edition is a setback for women’s football and means Nigeria will have to wait for four years before they can defend their title.
“Other competitions are postponed but the AWCON is cancelled. Thank you [CAF] once again for making us realise women’s football isn’t important to you,” said a disappointed Oshoala.
“CAF needs to go back to their drawing board to make sure they fix women’s football in one of their top priorities. They have to prioritise marketing women’s football,” added the reigning Africa Women’s Player of the Year in an interview with BBC Africa.
The four-time African Women Footballer of the year believes that the future for women’s football on the African continent is bleak.
“It is not looking good for women’s football in Africa when you struggle to get a host nation for a continental tournament every two years,” said the Barcelona striker.
“You cannot scarp a continental tournament and it is a big slap on our face. If you’re moving forward to some time in 2021, it is okay but to completely cancel it, we need a proper explanation.
“This is more like taking five steps forward and taking 10 steps backwards,” concluded the Nigerian prolific striker.
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi