Stella Dimoko Footballer Oshoala Says Her Parents Didnt Support Her Playing Football


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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Footballer Oshoala Says Her Parents Didnt Support Her Playing Football

Four-time African Women’s Footballer of the Year, Asisat Oshola, says she never had the support of her parents playing football while growing up in Lagos.

Oshoala is part of UEFA’s Together #WePlayStrong women’s football campaign, which kicked off on Tuesday.

In a video documentary posted on the campaign’s Instagram page, the 25-year-old talked about her road to stardom and the lack of support from her parents.

She said, “Talking about my journey of football right from the beginning, I started with my friends in school and I was just doing it for fun.

“It became something that I liked to do more often and after school hours I would play football before I go home. My parents were always complaining that I came home late after school hours. When I finished from school, I had like almost months doing nothing, so I just spoke with my parents (that) maybe they could just allow me to play for fun and nothing serious.

“From there I played in a tournament, then I was discovered by one of the teams and they told me they wanted me. But I said I didn’t want to play professional football, but they said “no” because I have the qualities.

“I said my parents were not going to allow me to do that, so they shouldn’t bother trying. My parents never supported me; the only person who was supportive was my grandmother. She was the only one who was there. Even when my dad and mum wanted to beat me because I went to play football, she was the only one who would support and give me food.”

Oshoala would go on to play for Robo FC and River Angels in Nigeria before joining Liverpool Ladies in England.

She joined Barcelona last January, initially on loan, and has flourished this season, scoring 20 goals in 19 appearances before the coronavirus outbreak

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  1. Wow, bravo! She's truly talented and level headed, well behaved and scandal free. Go girl!

  2. Some parents would never support a girl playing football.It's not their fault,dont blame them.I think nowadays,things are a little bit different and more flexible.Some parents would still allow now

  3. Haba,
    she has said this many times na.
    Will she crucify them?

  4. Nice one girl,you should be your own support system, that's the most important thing,any other support na Jara,thank God for her grandma,now na her parents e go dey sweet pass,myschewww

    1. the irony is that the parents now will be going around bragging about her now ..and she still bought a house for them is what it is as oyibo day talk..maybe back then it was not a good thing


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