Could Nigeria Women's return to Olympic football be the start of a new era?

Nigeria: Stars at the helm

Nigeria can rely on a combination of youth and experience to help them into a new era of success.

Last summer was a testament to that.

Asizad Oshola Undoubtedly the star name, the 29-year-old has scored 37 goals in over 60 appearances for his national team.

As well as being a proven goalscorer, he is a sure winner. A five-year stint at FC Barcelona saw him crowned four-time Premier Division champion, two-time UEFA Champions League winner and numerous medals to his name.

That's an invaluable pedigree for a team including the Super Falcons.

His experience will be vital to the development of such young pioneers Prize Mondaywho plays his football in Spain.

Five goals and one assist in the league for UT Tenerife is promising for the 22-year-old, who could follow in the veteran striker's footsteps.

in midfield, Christy Uchipe Australia and New Zealand are particularly impressed by 2023. Despite being 22 at the time, he was a leader in the middle as Nigeria won a crucial point against Olympic champions Canada.

Defense, fullbacks Ashley Plumptre And Michael Alosi Having had their own breakout moments last year at 25 and 26 respectively, the best was yet to come.

23 years between the sticks Chiamaka repair Now undoubtedly in the conversation as one of the best goalkeepers in the game.

Then, of course, there is Ajibade, who proved a worthy captain to lead the Super Falcons forward, when he converted the penalty that sealed their place at the Olympics.

This current crop of Nigerian players is overflowing with talent – ​​and it feels like a period for them to push for world titles.

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Paris 2024 could be the event to kickstart it.

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