Oversea-based professionals invited by Super Falcons’ Head Coach, Thomas Dennerby for next month’s 11th Women Africa Cup of Nations finals in Ghana have been swarming into the team camp at the Jubilee Chalets and Resort, Epe in Lagos State.
As at Wednesday morning, 15 home-based and nine overseas-based professionals trained under the watchful eyes of Dennerby and his assistants, as the team prepares to defend its continental crown.
Charity Adule, Chinwendu Ihezuo, Osinachi Ohale, Josephine Chukwunonye, Rita Chikwelu, Ogonna Chukwudi, Ebere Orji, Chinaza Uchendu and Faith Michael were at the morning training session, while Ngozi Okobi and Halimat Ayinde came into the country on Wednesday morning.
The Super Falcons will on Thursday test strength against Dominion Hotspur FC, a boys’ team based in Lagos, in their first friendly match since opening camp two weeks ago.
They are drawn to play South Africa, Kenya and Zambia in Group B, with Cape Coast as venue, starting with an opening encounter against the Banyana Banyana on Sunday, 18th November. Zambia and Kenya face off in the other group B fixture on the same day. Thereafter, Nigeria will square up with Zambia three days later. Nigeria, eight-time winners, will complete their group phase matches with their clash with Kenya on 24 November.
According to the structure of the competition the group winners and runners up will advance to the semifinals with the winners advancing to the finals.
The tournament is scheduled to hold from Saturday, September 17 till Saturday, December 11 across Ghanaian cities Accra and Cape Coast.
This year’s competition, to be held in the West African country for the first time, also serves as the African qualifiers to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The top three teams will qualify for the World Cup to be held in France in June next year.
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