The nine-time African champions Super Falcons will intensify preparations for their Women AFCON 2022 qualifier against the Black Queens of Ghana when they arrive at camp in Lagos on Sunday.
Nigeria and Ghana faced each other in the final of the first edition of the Women Africa Cup of Nations 1998, which the Falcons won 2-0. However, the two strong stallions of the African women’s football racetrack have been drawn to play for a place in the next edition, which will be held in the Kingdom of Morocco in the summer of 2022.
As part of their preparations for this potentially explosive qualifier, the Super Falcons competed in the USWNT Summer Series in the United States in June, testing their might against Portugal, Jamaica and the US senior teams, then competing in the sixth – Nation Aisha Buhari Invitational Tournament hosted by the city of Lagos in September. They had previously played and won all three games at the Turkish Women’s Cup in Antalya in February.
For the Black Queens clash on Wednesday, February 20th at the Mobolaji Johnson ArenaNS In October head coach Randy Waldrum invited goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, defenders Onome Ebi and Osinachi Ohale, midfielders Rasheedat Ajibade and Regina Otu, strikers Asisat Oshoala (captain), Gift Monday and Vivian Ikechukwu and 15 others.
There are also defenders Glory Ogbonna, midfielders Rita Chikwelu and Toni Payne, and strikers Desire Oparanozie, Uchenna Kanu and Francisca Ordega.
The second leg is for Sunday, 24NS October in Accra. The winner over two stages will join the hosts Morocco and 10 other countries for the 12thNS Women Africa Cup of Nations next summer.
ALL INVITED PLAYERS:
goalkeeper: Tochukwu Oluehi (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Yewande Balogun (California Storm, USA)
defender: Onome Ebi (Minsk FC, Belarus); Glory Ogbonna (Umea FC, Sweden); Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves, Spain); Ayomid Ojo (Edo Queens); Rafiat Imuran (River Angel); Opeyemi Sunday (Edo Queens); Oluwatosin demehin (river angel); Akudo Ogbonna (Edo Queens)
midfield player: Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Toni Oyedupe Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Regina Otu (Minsk FC, Belarus); Kindness Onyebuchi (Edo Queens); Joy Bokiri (AIK FC, Sweden)
Forward: Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain); Francisca Ordega (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Gift Monday (Robo Queens FC); Uchenna Kanu (Linköpings FC, Sweden); Desire Oparanozie (Dijon FC, France); Vivian Ikechukwu (River Angel)