The Super Falcons of Nigeria have been dealt a big blow ahead of their third round, second leg Olympic qualifier against Equatorial Guinea following the revelation by the coach of Liverpool Ladies FC, Matt Beard, that injured Asisat Oshoala will be out of action for ‘a couple of months’.
Oshoala suffered a knock to her knee on July 18 while in action for the Reds at the Select Security Stadium, which is their home ground, and was substituted by the 52nd minute after she had gone down twice. To add salt to injury, Liverpool Ladies FC went on to lose 1-2 to Notts County.
Five days later, following Liverpool Ladies 2-0 Merseyside Derby victory over Everton Ladies in the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup on Thursday evening, Reds manager, Beard gave an injury update that does not sound good for Nigeria’s Women National Team as well.
“Asisat (Oshoala) picked up a knee injury during the same game and will be out for around two months, which is obviously disappointing as she had taken her form from the World Cup into the WSL,” Beard was quoted as saying on ladies.liverpoolfc.com.
This means the African Champions will have to do without the BBC Women World Footballer of the Year in Malabo where a crucial test of survival awaits them.
Oshoala alongside veteran defender Onome Ebi were sorely missed in the first leg encounter of the Olympic qualifier as visiting Equatorial Guinea snatched a valuable away goal in Nigeria, and coach Christopher Danjuma had expected they would be available for the must-win return leg.
Liverpool Ladies are also troubled because Oshoala is not the only key player they are worried about. There’s also Satara Murray and Fara Williams
And Beard said: “Sadly it looks like all three players will be missing for a substantial amount of time.”