A squad of nine-time African champions Nigeria has arrived
the Austrian capital Vienna for an 8-day training camp as part of
intensive preparation for some upcoming challenges, especially the
Aisha Buhari Invitational women’s soccer tournament.
The city of Lagos will host the six nation invitational event to see
the Super Falcons, Ghana’s Black Queens, Cameroon’s Indomitable
Lionesses, Banyana Banyana from South Africa, Morocco and Mali Tango in
a festive atmosphere in the month of September for a sparkling one
Trophy in honor of Nigeria’s First Lady Dr. (Woman) named Aisha Buhari.
A total of 26 players as well as technical and administrative staff,
are in the Eventhotel Pyramide Vienna for the purpose of
full concentration while coach Randy Waldrum tries that
different qualities and abilities of individual players to mix
better and stronger team.
New faces kept popping up in the Super Falcons’ camp as
Trainer Waldrum’s roving lenses are qualified for Nigeria
Ladies from all over the world to join the roster.
Before the Summer Series tour of the United States in June
where the Falcons with Portugal have drawn and narrowly lost to Jamaica and
Host USWNT, few Nigerian ball fans had heard of Yewande Balogun,
Onyinyechi Zogg, Nicole Payne and Michelle Alozie. But they formed
Part of a group that is fabulous with overseas and residents
Working at home and announced an interesting future for that
Nigeria is in the club of only seven countries that qualified
and participated in every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup
since the start of the competition in 1991 and is also in
three olympic games.
Waldrum discovered even more perspectives than the Ijeh sisters
(Josephine and Evelyn), Megan Ashleigh and Ninuola Dada are part of
the training camp in Austria, also as England-based striker Ini-Abasi
Umotong returns to the circle of perennial African masters.
The camp in Austria is the third meeting of Nigeria Football
The association arranged the Super Falcons this year, after one
interesting three-victories-out-of-three account at the Turkish Women’s Cup in
Antalya in February and the US Summer Series last month.
First goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, defender Osinachi Ohale,
Midfield impresario Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene and striker Uchenna Kanu,
who all missed the US tour for one reason or another are there
Austria. Also ex-captain Desire Oparanozie. returns
as well as striker colleague Ebere Orji.
The countdown to the Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s Tournament is on
already started with the Super Falcons and insisted that the trophy be
stay safe in Nigeria after the week-long event. The hawks have
won all but two of the 11 issues of Women AFCON that have been running since
First edition 1998.
South Africa’s Banyana Banyana has in every single edition of. played
also the Women AFCON and have also participated in two Olympic Games. tea
Banyana was runner-up by the Falcons in the last edition of the
Women’s AFCON in Ghana in 2018.
Ghana’s Black Queens have played in 10 of the 11 editions of the
Women AFCON, and have also played in three (3) editions of FIFA
World Championship. The Queens were runners-up for the Falcons at the opening event
Edition of the Women AFCON in Nigeria 1998.
Cameroon’s lionesses lost by a single goal in the final against Nigeria
the 2016 Women AFCON at the Stade Ahmadu Ahidjo in Yaounde. you
have also participated and also in every edition of Women AFCON
played at two FIFA Women’s World Cups, including a
second round berth.
Mali has played in seven (7) editions of Women AFCON and is
is considered a very strong team in the WAFU A region.
Morocco is one of the strongest teams in the North African region and
the girls were represented at two editions of Women AFCON.
SUPER FALCONS IN AUSTRIA
Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (CD Pozoalbense, Spain); Chiamaka
Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Patience Okeke (Bayelsa Queens); Yewande
Balogun (California Storm, USA)
Defenders: Glory Ogbonna (Edo Queens); Osinachi Ohale (Madrid CFF,
Spain); Esther Ogbonna (Edo Queens); Chidinma Okeke (Madrid CFF,
Spain); Onyinyechi Zogg (FC Zurich, Switzerland); Nicole Payne (West
Virginia University, USA); Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash Reserves,
UNITED STATES); Megan Ashleigh (Leicester City, England); Josephine Ijeh (BK
Midfielder: Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain); Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene
(Eskilstuna United, Sweden); Toni Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain);
Mowaninuola Dada (Watford FC, England)
Forward: Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Francisca Ordega
(Levante UD, Spain); Gift Monday (Robo Queens FC); Joy Bokiri (Bayelsa.)
Queens); Uchenna Kanu (Linköpings FC, Sweden); Ebere Orji (Sundsvall.)
DFF, Sweden); Ini-Abasi Umotong (Lewes FC, England); Evelyn Ijeh (BK
Hacken, Sweden); Desire Oparanozie (Dijon FC, France)