Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala has admitted that playing at the FIFA Women’s World Cup has been tougher than she thought, as she confesses how much she would have loved to make a bolder mark after two games so far at Canada 2015.
Oshoala says she learned a big lesson in the Falcons’ 2-0 loss to Australia, where she and her fellow forwards rarely threatened the Matildas’ goal.
After a wildly entertaining 3-3 draw where Oshoala scored Nigeria’s second and presented herself as a constant threat to Sweden, the No8 found herself frustrated against Australia and now admits that the terrain is tougher than she thought it would be.
Oshoala has had a pretty spectacular 12 months by anyone’s standards, as the native of Ikorodu, Lagos State took home both the adidas Golden Ball and the Golden Boot at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 en route to a second-place finish with the Super Falconets in August of last year.
Last week, she scored in her senior Women’s World Cup debut and, few weeks back, ‘Superzee’ earned the BBC’s Women’s Footballer of the Year Award, after earlier picking up the CAF young and senior player prizes.
The 20-year-old lass, who signed for Liverpool Ladies of England soon after the Women’s Youth Mundial says, despite all of the accolades and attention she has received, she is finding it difficult to enjoy herself during her first Women’s World Cup so far.
At times during the U-20 Women’s World Cup last summer it seemed almost impossibly easy for Oshoala to find the back of the net. But as the young starlet quickly pointed out, that is simply not the case at Canada 2015.
“I have learned a lot of things about myself as a player,” Oshoala told FIFA.com. “This is a big tournament with much stronger competition.
“When you play at the under-age tournament, and then you come to the senior World Cup, you see it’s much harder. So, you just have to adapt to it.
“My style of play can’t always be the same. I need to find different ways to change my attacking patterns so I can get behind the backline.”