Nigeria’s football queen, Asisat Oshoala has said she is more concerned about the team’s success at the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations.
The Super Falcons who made it to the semi-final of the competition after losing their first game to South Africa will face perennial rivals, Cameroon, on Tuesday.
She bagged a hat-trick as the eight-time champions bashed Equatorial Guinea 6-0 in their last group B game at the competition over the weekend.
However, the China-based striker has said she is not looking out for personal glory but the team’s success.
“It is a very good feeling to get three points obviously that’s the most important thing. I’m also happy to be on the score sheet,” she said.
“I’ve been working so hard, so I think I deserve this and I’m grateful to my teammates for the work everyone put in and the determination even after losing the first game to South Africa.
“We didn’t give up, we spoke to ourselves and told ourselves we need to show that we are champions. I think we’ve actually improved so far and today was a great outing for us.
“This tournament is not about individual performance. For me, the most important thing is to get the World Cup ticket.
“I decided to be more of a team player because I care more about my team and nation than personal glory and individual accolades.”
“I think with my experience, the team victory is more important and I’m happy with my self, my teammates and I think Nigerians are happy which is the most important thing.”
She added that “We don’t have to depend on Asisat alone because we have Francisca (Ordega), Desire (Oparanozie), Anam (Imo), Ajibade (Rasheedat) and this is very good for us because the team as a whole is confident.
According to her, “I might be like a plus for the players, but all the strikers in the team are goal scorers. So we have confidence on each other.
“It’s normal as a professional player to want to get goals in some games but what I believe in, with my experience, is that in a game where you miss chances as a striker you just have to keep giving people chances which was the decision I made.
“At some point, I knew I wasn’t going to score any longer because I really do not struggle to score goals, so I just had to tell myself it’s time to give assists which was what I did. But like I always say, the team’s victory is more important than individuals’ accolades.”