2022 AWCON Qualifier: Nigeria Target Victory Against Ghana

2022 AWCON Qualifier: Nigeria Target Victory Against Ghana 2
File photograph of Super Falcons gamers throughout a coaching session in Lagos for the Aisha Buhari Invitational Tournament

 

Nine-time African champions, Nigeria’s Super Falcons are assured they will obtain a great win on house floor on Wednesday that may put them at relative benefit of their 2022 Women Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture towards Ghana’s Black Queens.

Both fierce continental rivals will battle on the Mobolaji Johnson Arena within the first leg fixture, which is able to get rid of among the best groups in ladies’s soccer on the continent and render that crew inactive for the subsequent two-and-half years.

The twelfth Women Africa Cup of Nations, scheduled for Morocco in the summertime of subsequent 12 months, may also function the qualifying event for the 32-team 2023 FIFA World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand in 2023. This implies that the crew that loses out within the Ghana/Nigeria fixture shall be with out significant taking pictures observe till the qualifiers for the 2024 AFCON finals are activated.

On Sunday, seventeenth October, the Super Falcons’ camp opened in Lagos forward of the double quick-fire with the Black Queens, with the return leg holding in Accra on Sunday.

Goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi, defenders Onome Ebi, Opeyemi Sunday, Ayomide Ojo, Oluwatosin Demehin, Akudo Ogbonna, and Rafiat Imuran, midfielders Goodness Onyebuchi and Regina Otu, and forwards Vivian Ikechukwu and Gift Monday are already in camp. The remainder of the invited squad had been anticipated in camp by Monday night.

Coach Randy Waldrum stated: “It is important for us to get a good win at home and then go to Accra and play like warriors. These are two battles that we must be ready for. The Super Falcons just have to be at the AFCON and the World Cup and they are ready to give these two matches their all.”

Defender Onome Ebi added: “These are two battles that we must win. We know that we have to start by winning well in Lagos on Wednesday and then go to Ghana and put up another big performance. We are not looking at this as home-and-away matches. We are looking at two matches that we must win.”

Nigeria and Ghana had been two of the six taking part groups finally month’s maiden version of Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s Tournament, which additionally concerned South Africa, Morocco, Cameroon and Mali.

Before the Aisha Cup event, and as a part of their common preparation for the 2022 Women AFCON qualifiers, the Super Falcons participated on the Turkish Women’s Tournament in Antalya in February, the place they received all three matches, and in addition featured on the USWNT Summer Series within the United States of America, the place they performed towards Portugal, Jamaica and USA.

INVITED PLAYERS:

Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Yewande Balogun (California Storm, USA)

Defenders: 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); Oluwatosin Demehin (Rivers Angels); Akudo Ogbonna (Edo Queens)

Midfielders: 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 (AIK FC, Sweden)

Forwards: 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 (Rivers Angels).

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