Cup holders, Super Falcons of Nigeria will on Wednesday this week fly into the Ghanaian capital, Accra before making their way to Cape Coast ahead of the commencement of the 11th Women Africa Cup of Nations finals.
The Falcons have now spent six days at the world-renowned football facility, Sol Beni Sports Centre (owned by ASEC Mimosas Football Club) in Abidjan, following a three –week preparatory program at the Jubilee Chalets and Resort in Epe, Lagos State.
Eight-time champions Nigeria head Group B of the continental showpiece and will contend with the Banyana Banyana of South Africa, Chipolopolo Queens of Zambia and an Equatorial Guinea team restored into the tournament only few days following a CAF Appeal panel ruling.
Only Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea have been successful at the 20 –year old continental fiesta, with the latter emerging winners on the only two previous occasions that Nigeria did not triumph.
While the Guineans have won on the only two occasions they hosted the tournament (2008 and 2012), the Super Falcons have established Africa as their footstool, winning at home in 1998, 2002 and 2006, winning in South Africa in 2000, 2004 and 2010, winning in Namibia in 2014 and winning in Cameroon in 2016.
Hosts Ghana, Algeria, Mali and Cameroon will battle things out in Group A in Accra.
Head Coach Thomas Dennerby has released a list of 21 players who will fly Nigeria’s flag at the 11th Women Africa Cup of Nations finals in Ghana.
Nigeria take on South Africa on November 18, before matches against Zambia and Kenya in Cape Coast.
THE 21 FALCONS FOR GHANA 2018
Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (Rivers Angels); Christy Ohiaeriaku (Confluence Queens); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels)
Defenders: Glory Ogbonna (Ibom Angels); Sarah Nnodim (Nasarawa Amazons); Ngozi Ebere (Barcelona FC, Cyprus); Faith Michael (Pitea IF, Sweden); Onome Ebi (Henan Huisanhang, China); Osinachi Ohale (Vaxjo DFF, Sweden); Josephine Chukwunonye (Asarum AIF, Sweden)
Midfielders: Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons); Ngozi Okobi (Eskiltuna UTD, Sweden); Rita Chikwelu (Krstianstand DFF, Sweden); Halimat Ayinde (Asarum AIF, Sweden)
Forwards: Anam Imo (Nasarawa Amazons); Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo Queens); Asisat Oshoala (Dalian Quanjian, China); Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit, USA); Desire Oparanozie (En Avant Guingamp, France); Chinaza Uchendu (SC Braga, Portugal); Chinwendu Ihezuo (Biik Kazygurt, Kazakhstan)