Players of the Nigeria's women national team have apologized to Nigerians after the team bowed to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of South Africa in the closing match of the Aisha Buhari Cup in Lagos on Tuesday.
The Super Falcons had earned a late 2-0 victory over Mali courtesy of Gift Monday's brace but failed to build on that momentum as they were humiliated by Banyana Banyana in front of their fans at Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan.
Goals from Linda Motlhalo, Gabrielle Salgado, Mamello Makhabane and Michelle Alozie's early own goal condemned the African champions to her biggest loss against Banyana despite a brace from Vivian Ikechukwu.
Following the embarrassing result on home soil, disappointed fans and followers of the women's game have heavily questioned and criticised the performance, commitment, relevance of some veteran players in the team.
Reacting to the loss, captain Oshoala, who provided two assists in the opening win over Mali, took responsibility for her side's poor display against Desiree Ellis' side and pledged such won't happen again.
“Yesterday's defeat still hurts I must confess, it was a disappointment from all of us,” Barcelona star Oshoala wrote on her official Instagram page on Wednesday.
"As the captain of the team, I'm indeed sorry because we did not fight hard enough. This is a wake-up call and I promise we won't let our fans and the nation down like this again."
Corrborating Oshoala, assistant captain Francisca Ordega expressed her fustration at the result against South Africa but vowed she and her teammates will bounce back in style in their next outing.
"Disappointed, Yes. Angry, yes. Sad, yes. Shit happens yeah !! Sometimes the best thing to do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess," the CSKA Moscow striker wrote on her official instagram page.
"Just breathe and have faith that everything will work out for the best…. We will bounce back I promise this to all our fans out there… have faith in us. Focusing on the positive side of life."
Following the setback, Randy Waldrum's side will be desperate to make amends when they face rivals Ghana in the first round doubleheader of the Africa Women's Cup of Nations qualifier next month.
Nigeria will host the Black Queens in the first leg on Wednesday, October 20, at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos, Nigeria and follow up that with a second leg tie at the Accra Sports Stadium in Ghana on October 24, 2021.
By Samuel Ahmadu