African Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala has maintained the top target is for the Super Falcons to qualify for next year’s World Cup and personal glory is not as important.
“It is a great feeling to get the full three points for the team (vs Equatorial Guinea), that’s the most important thing,” said the China-based star after she was named Woman of the Match.
“This tournament is not about individual performance. The most important thing is to get the World Cup ticket.
“I have decided to be more of a team player, I care more about my team, I care more about my nation rather than personal glory or individual accolade.
“The team victory, the team success is more important.
“I am happy with myself and my team and I think Nigerians are happy, which is the most important here.”
Oshoala added: “I was also happy to get my first goal of the tournament, I started with three goals.
“I took a lot of responsibilities to ensure we get a lot of goals (vs Equatorial Guinea).
“I have been working so hard and I deserved this. I am happy and I am grateful to my team who put in the work even after we lost the first game to South Africa.
“We have to show we are champions, we are the leaders in Africa.
“As a team we have more confidence and have improved and it was a great outing against Equatorial Guinea.”
Against Zambia, Oshoala revealed she was not lucky after she threw away a rash of chances and that was why she opted to provide assists.
“It was not my day and decided to give others passes,” she said.
“At some point I knew I was not going to score because I really do not struggle to score goals like that. So, I helped with an assist.”