When the Super Falcons arrive in camp in Lagos on Sunday, they will ramp up their preparations for their 2022 Women’s AFCON qualification match against the Black Queens of Ghana.
In the inaugural edition of the Women Africa Cup of Nations in 1998, Nigeria and Ghana met in the final, which the Falcons won 2-0. Both powerful stallions in the African women’s football race-course, however, have been drawn to compete for one seat in the next edition, which will be held in the Kingdom of Morocco in the summer of 2022.
In June, the Super Falcons competed in the USWNT Summer Series in the United States of America, where they tested their mettle against senior women’s teams from Portugal, Jamaica, and the United States, and in September, they competed in the six-nation Aisha Buhari Invitational Tournament hosted by the City of Lagos. They had previously competed in the Turkish Women’s Cup in Antalya in February, winning all three matches.
Head Coach Randy Waldrum has invited goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, defenders Onome Ebi and Osinachi Ohale, midfielders Rasheedat Ajibade and Regina Otu, forwards Asisat Oshoala (captain), Gift Monday, and Vivian Ikechukwu, and 15 others to face the Black Queens in the first leg on Wednesday, October 20th at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena.
Glory Ogbonna, Rita Chikwelu, and Toni Payne are among the defenders, while Desire Oparanozie, Uchenna Kanu, and Francisca Ordega are among the attackers.
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The return match will take place in Accra on Sunday, October 24th. The winner of the two-leg match will compete in the 12th Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, which will be held in Morocco next summer.
ALL INVITED PARTICIPANTS:
Tochukwu Oluehi (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Yewande Balogun (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel) (California Storm, USA)
Onome Ebi (Minsk FC, Belarus); Glory Ogbonna (Umea FC, Sweden); Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves, Spain); Ayomide Ojo (Edo Queens); Rafiat Imuran (Rivers Angels); Opeyemi Sunday (Edo Queens); Akudo Ogbonna (Rivers Angels); Akudo Ogbonna (Rivers Angels (Edo Queens)
Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Toni Oyedupe Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Regina Otu (Minsk FC, Belarus); Goodness Onyebuchi (Edo Queens); Joy Bokiri (Madrid CFF, Spain); Regina Otu (Minsk FC, Belarus); Regina Otu (Minsk FC, Belarus); (AIK FC, Sweden)
Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain); Francisca Ordega (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Gift Monday (FC Robo Queens); Uchenna Kanu (Linkopings FC, Sweden); Desire Oparanozie (Dijon FC, France); Vivian Ikechukwu (Dijon FC, France); Vivian Ikechukwu (Dijon FC, France); Vivian Ikechukwu (Dijon FC (Rivers Angels)