Following the decision of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to cancel the 2020 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON), Super Falcons of Nigeria and reigning Africa Women’s Footballer of the Year, Asisat Oshoala has expressed her disappointment at the decision of the African football ruling body. Oshoala who has won the AWCON on multiple occasions and was looking to defend the Falcons’ 2018 crown believes postponing the event could have been a better option rather than a cancellation. The FC Barcelona Femini of Spain forward went on to state that the decision reached by CAF has negatively affected the development of women’s football in Africa.
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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. If you’re moving forward the tournament to sometime 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. Going to the World Cup with two teams going through to the Round of 16 was good for us and showed we are improving. Before the next edition, we should have two AWCON to prepare ourselves but cancelling one shows there are no plans for the national teams in 2021 calendar outside the Women’s Champions League
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Fuming further, Oshoala explained that CAF needed to change their orientation towards women’s football and described the situation in Africa as shame. However, she urged CAF to revisit their drawing board and work out solutions to problems hindering the development of Women’s football in Africa.
We cannot be at this level in 2020. It is a shame. 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 prioritize marketing women’s football. These things are happening in Europe, the Women’s Champions League or the Euro tournaments are still going to go on and will not be cancelled
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