Super Falcons captain Asisat Oshoala has applauded the decision of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to introduce a first-ever Women’s Champions League on the continent.
CAF introduced the tournament which is billed to kick-off next year, amongst other wide-ranging decisions including the postponement of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN), cancellation of this year’s annual CAF Awards and the 2020 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON).
The former Robo Queens and Rivers United star told TVC News that the introduction of the Women’s Champions League will help increase competition and the quality of football, as well as attract more investment to the women’s game in Nigeria and other African countries.
“If I’m playing for a team like Bayelsa Queens, and maybe, the previous year Rivers Angels went ahead to represent Nigeria, I’m very sure my team; the administration and everyone, will want to work so hard to make sure they qualify so they can actually go and represent (Nigeria) the following year,” the 25-year-old 4-time Women’s African Footballer of the Year said.
“So, this means there will be more funds, more investors, and also, teams will start working twice as hard to make sure they get there at the best level in order to go and showcase the best at the continental tournament.
The Barcelona star added: “I think it’s really going to help the local leagues a lot. Also for the girls, they will improve. It’s always good when you have the opportunity to compete with other people from other countries, not just only when you have to play in the national teams.”
The format and other details of the maiden edition of the Women’s Champions League are yet to be disclosed by CAF.