World Cup 2019: Nigeria on 'changing mentality' of women's football in Africa

Sunday - 16/06/2019 21:22
World Cup 2019: Nigeria on 'changing mentality' of women's football in Africa
Nigeria are joined by Cameroon in the group stages, as well as South Africa, who are competing in their first World Cup.

Fifa Women's World Cup 2019
Host nation: France Dates: 7 June - 7 July 2019
Coverage: Live across BBC TV, radio and the BBC Sport website and app


For Nigeria's players, the Women's World Cup is about far more than just football.

The nine-time African champions remain the only nation from that continent to have qualified for every tournament since its introduction in 1991, and yet their players still face barriers at home.

For some in Nigeria, football is not seen as an acceptable occupation for women.

"This view is not just in Nigeria but in Africa as a whole," said striker Asisat Oshoala, 24, who plays for Barcelona and is one of the game's most exciting talents. "The women are supposed to be housewives. They are supposed to be in the kitchen - that is the problem. 

"We are trying to change their mentality."

Nigeria, with three points from their opening two games against Norway and South Korea, are ranked 38th in the world and face hosts France on Monday with a place in the last 16 up for grabs.

But had Oshoala's parents had their way, she would not have been involved.

"I would stay with them and not get any money for food," says Oshoala, who scored in her club's 4-1 Champions League final defeat by Lyon last month.

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