Super Falcons star Asisat Oshoala is disappointed over the decision of the Confederation of Africa Football (Caf) to scrap the 2020 Africa Women's Cup of Nations.
According to CAF during its Executive Committee meeting, the biennial tournament which was last held in 2018 will not be held until 2022 “due to challenging conditions”.
The Reigning Africa Women's Player of the Year feels the decision is a “big slap” on women's football in Africa, and urged the Ahmad Ahmad-led administration to prioritise their interest in the sport.
“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,” Oshoala told BBC Africa in an Instagram interview.
“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 prioritise 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.
“I think moving the men tournament to 2022 means they are not going to be ready for that year calendar. Same with Europe, you cannot scarp a continental tournament and it is a big slap on our face.
“If you're moving forward to some time 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 backward.
“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.
“CAF needs to understand the women teams are not just representing their countries at the World Cup but the whole continent.
“So, we also need more support from CAF and not just our national federations. The cancellation is not going to be helpful as teams will face two to three years of no competition before the 2023 Women's World Cup.”
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