In the aftermath of Nigeria’s thrilling 3-2 victory against Australia, Super Falcons forward Asisat Oshoala found herself at the center of attention due to her unique celebration. The 29-year-old football star, who came on as a second-half substitute, scored Nigeria’s third goal in an empty net following a mixup between a Matildas’ defender and goalkeeper. Oshoala’s decision to remove her jersey during the celebration went viral on various social media platforms, sparking a wave of reactions from fans and celebrities alike.
However, Oshoala’s joyous moment took an unexpected turn when she disclosed on her Instagram page the following day that her father was not pleased with her choice of celebration. In her own words, she stated, “My dad is definitely not happy with my choice of celebration but then again, life is a collection of moments.”
As news of her father’s disapproval spread, numerous Nigerian celebrities and fans swiftly took to social media to extend their apologies and seek forgiveness on her behalf. Dancer and singer Iweh Pascal, popularly known as Poco Lee, humorously pleaded, “Oya tell daddy make e no vex dem don cancel the Goal.” Likewise, Peter Okoye of P-Square chimed in with a simple yet heartfelt “Daddy no vex Abeg!” Comedian and actor Adebowale Adedayo, aka ‘Mr Macaroni,’ reassured her, saying, “Ore mi ni daddy. I will call him and talk to him. Congratulations. Thank you for inspiring us all.” Bovi, the renowned comedian, also expressed his remorse, saying, “Champ! Daddy WE are sorry.”
Even Nigerian musician Folarin Falana, known as ‘Falz,’ offered an apology, playfully stating, “Daddy, we are sorry but o nezestry.” Despite the playful tones of the apologies, the sincerity behind them was evident as they poured in from all corners of the entertainment industry.
Amidst the celebrity apologies, Oshoala’s teammates, including Ashley Plumptre, Chiamaka Nnadozie, and Michelle Alozie, praised her brilliant performance on the field.
Notable football figures also showed their support, with Super Eagles legends Kanu Nwankwo, Emmanuel Adebayo, Victor Osimhen, Vincent Enyeama, Peter Olayinka, and Ogenyi Onazi joining in to rally behind the talented forward.
As the football community in Nigeria comes together to celebrate the team’s victory, the focus now shifts to the heartwarming display of affection and support shown towards Asisat Oshoala, proving that even in moments of celebration, the support of loved ones remains an essential aspect of every athlete’s journey.