AFCON AWCON 2022: Super Falcons Camp Opens In Abuja With 19 Players

In preparation for the 12th Women’s Africa Cup of Nations finals, which will take place in Morocco next month, Nigeria’s Super Falcons have started a training camp in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of the country.

Including captain Onome Ebi, goalkeepers Chiamaka Nnadozie and Tochukwu Oluehi, defenders Osinachi Ohale and Akudo Ogbonna, and midfielders Rita Chikwelu and Rasheedat Ajibade, forwards Francisca Ordega, Asisat Oshoala, and Gift Monday, there were 19 players in camp as of this evening.

Yewande Balogun, a goalie based in the US, Michelle Alozie, a defender, and Toni Payne and Amanda Mbadi, midfielders, were scheduled to report to camp on Friday.

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By the weekend, defender Nicole Payne from the US, midfielder Regina Otu, and forwards Desire Oparanozie and Uchenna Kanu will all be in Abuja.

The team will travel to Morocco the following week with the addition of English-based defender Ashleigh Plumptre, midfielder Halimatu Ayinde, strikers Francisca Ordega, Vivian Ikechukwu, and Ifeoma Onumonu.

Nigeria, which has triumphed in nine of the previous eleven Women’s Africa Cup of Nations competitions, defeated Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire in the qualifying round and will face South Africa, Botswana, and Burundi in the group stages in Morocco.

On Monday, July 4, they face the Banyana Banyana in their opening match at the Prince Heritier Moulay Hassan Stadium in Rabat, followed by contests against Botswana on Thursday, July 7, and Burundi on Sunday, July 10.

All four of the tournament’s semifinalists from Morocco will be represented at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia/New Zealand in the summer of 2023 by all four of the tournament’s semifinalists from Morocco.

Players already in camp:

Onome Ebi, Rita Chikwelu, Osinachi Ohale, Tochukwu Oluehi, Glory Ogbonna, Asisat Oshoala, Rasheedat Ajibade, Chiamaka Nnadozie, Chidinma Okeke, Rita Akarekor, Gift Monday, Opeyemi Sunday, Charity Adule, Christy Ucheibe, Suliat Abideen, Chinonyerem Macleans, Peace Efih, Ugochi Emenayo, Akudo Ogbonna

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