Super Falcons star Asisat Oshoala was left out of the team’s squad for next month’s friendly against France due to club issues having returned to pre-season training later than expected.
This was revealed by a top Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) official in a chat with BBC Sport.
“Asisat Oshoala was in [Nigeria] coach Thomas Dennerby’s plans but her Chinese club was not ready to release her because she overstayed in Nigeria.” the official said.
On her own part, Oshoala insists she is missing the France friendly in a bid to sort out her work permit in China.
The former Liverpool and Arsenal striker was initially named in the 23-man squad for the game in Le Mans on April 6 alongside Onome Ebi, Rashidat Ajibade, Alaba Jonathan, Chinwendu Ihezuo and Uchechi Sunday, who have also been omitted
The NFF official further added: “Some players had visa and passport problems, another complained that she was unwell.”
Other experienced players like Desire Oparanozie, Rita Chikwelu, Francisca Ordega and Ngozi Okobi were named in the squad.
After the France friendly, The Super Falcons will switch focus to booking a place at the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Ghana as they attempt to retain their title.