In the ongoing Women’s World Cup tournament in Australia and New Zealand, Super Falcons’ star player, Asisat Oshoala, has found herself at the center of a heated debate following her shirtless celebration after a spectacular goal.
The Barcelona forward’s brilliant performance in the 72nd minute, capitalizing on a defensive mix-up, ignited her iconic celebration. However, the decision to remove her jersey during the jubilant moment has elicited mixed reactions, particularly from some members of the Muslim community who question its alignment with Islamic principles.
The incident has sparked fervent discussions across social media platforms, where fans and critics share contrasting views on Oshoala’s action.
While some supporters applauded her exceptional goal and display of skill, others expressed concern over the yellow card she received and its potential implications for the team’s progress in the tournament.
Comments from Twitter users reflect the diverse perspectives on the matter:
Twitter User @shelter_freedom commented, “Why will you off your shirt Asisat Oshoala and expose your body as a Muslim Woman? Is this not a Sin? We, the Muslim community of Northern Nigeria, hereby cancel you as Agba Baller. @NGSuper_Falcons should drop you.”
Twitter User @brabyen expressed, “I guess Asisat Oshoala’s action goes against Muslim beliefs. So, I call on all Muslim brothers and sisters to stop celebrating or disown her. As a Muslim, you can either continue to support her or cancel a woman that has no respect for your religious values.”
Twitter User @OOlusore shared, “I’m tempted to ask if Asisat Oshoala is a Muslim because Muslims in Northern Nigeria will love to cancel her because of this picture. Congratulations to Nigeria’s Female National Team. Congratulations AGBA BALLER.”
Twitter User @SkitAwards remarked, “Why in Allah’s name would a Muslim woman be like this in public. It’s not acceptable, Aunty Asisat Oshoala. You can do better.”