Africa’s best player, Asisat Oshoala and reliable forward, Desire Oparanozie have arrived the Super Falcons training camp at the Jubilee and Chalets resorts camp in Epe, Lagos state.
Joining Oshoala and Oparanozie in preparing for the Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) are captain, Onome Ebi and Washington Spirit’s Francisca Ordega.
The quartet are the last batch of foreign-based players expected.
Oshoala, nicknamed ‘Superzee’ for her effervescence both on and off the field, has earned her striking stripes with the Super Falcons & would reasonably be of Nigeria’s key players in Ghana.
The 3-time African Women’s Player of the Year was the 2016 AWCON top scorer with six goals. Oshoala, 24 grabbed a brace in the 6-0 thrashing of Gambia in Lagos to seal the Super Falcons’ qualification for Ghana 2018.
Oparanozie is a three-time winner of the AWCON title. Also 24, she was top scorer in 2014 with five goals, including a well-struck free-kick in the 2-0 defeat of Cameroon in the final match.
She proved she’s still a force to be reckoned with after scoring four goals in the 6-0 defeat of Gambia in Lagos as the Super Falcons qualified for their 11th AWCON appearance in style last June.
Onome Ebi has a wealth of experience, having been representing the national team since 2003.
— ONOME EBI (@EBIONOME) November 5, 2018
Falcons, the team to beat
Meanwhile, Maureen Mmadu, the first Nigerian to hit FIFA Century Club (100 caps) and winner of 4 AWCON titles in her heydays, believes the current squad can go all the way again in Ghana.
“The Super Falcons have many foreign-based players from the European leagues to the Chinese Super League and this is their edge against other teams on the continent because the players give the coaches different options,” she says according to cafonline.com.
Withal Rita Chikwelu, who led the Super Falcons to glory two years ago in Cameroon is relishing the prospect of going all the way yet again.
CAF Online quotes the experienced midfielder with Swedish side Krstianstand DFF as saying: “We want to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup because we believe we should be out there playing against the best teams in the world. Personally, it is my wish to see the Super Falcons reach the semi-finals at the FIFA Women’s World Cup and Ghana 2018 is an opportunity for us to show what we are capable of doing. We want Nigerians to pray for us so that we can get to the World Cup as well as the AWCON trophy.”
After winning 8 out of the last 10 editions of the CAF AWCON , the Super Falcons are undeniably the favourites as the 11th edition beckons. They are housed in Group B along with South Africa, Kenya and Zambia. Ghana 2018 commences on the 17th of this month (November).
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