Falcons begin camping in Lagos ahead clash with Black Queens

Published on: 13 October 2021

Defending champions, Super Falcons will, on Sunday, October 17, move to camp in Lagos to begin their final preparations for the first leg of their Morocco 2022 African Women Nations Cup qualifying fixture against the Black Queens of Ghana.

The return leg is scheduled for October 24 in Accra. The winner over two legs will join hosts Morocco and 10 other countries for the 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations.

Nigerian and Ghana are among the powerhouses in African women football, with the Super Falcons boasting nine Nations Cup titles, while Ghana were three times runners up in 1998, 2002 and 2006. However, one of them will miss the 2022 edition of the competition following the draw, which pitted them to play each other for one slot.

According to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Coach Randy Waldrum has invited 23 players to camp ahead of the first leg of the tie billed to hold at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena on October 20.

Listed for the camp are 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.

There are also defenders Glory Ogbonna, midfielders Rita Chikwelu and Toni Payne; forwards Desire Oparanozie, Uchenna Kanu and Francisca Ordega.

Also in the team are goalkeepers Tochukwu Oluehi and Yewande Balogun, as well as defenders Ayomide Ojo, Rafiat Imuran, Opeyemi Sunday, Oluwatosin Demehin and Akudo Ogbonna.

The other midfielders in the squad are Goodness Onyebuchi and Joy Bokiri, while

Uchenna Kanu and Vivian Ikechukwu make up the strike force.