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Road to Paris: Super Falcons set for early preparations ahead of double header clash against Bayana Bayana of South Africa

Posted : 29 March 2024

Nigeria’s Super Falcons are set for early preparations against the Africa Women's Cup of Nations Champions, South Africa, knowing the magnitude of the tough encounter ahead.

According to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Super Falcons will start close camping on Sunday for the crucial Paris Olympics Women’s Football Tournament CAF qualifiers final round first leg tie against South Africa's Banyana Banyana, scheduled for Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, on Friday, April 5, 2024, with the return leg match slated for Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on April 9, 2024.

According to the NFF, all 22 invited players have been directed to report to their usual Abuja camp on Easter Sunday for a few days of training before the clash against Banyana Banyana next Friday.

Banyana Banyana, on their part, have already started their preparations for the Paris Olympics double-header final qualifiers between the two African heavyweights in women’s football ahead of Nigeria.

Coached by three-time CAF Best Women’s Coach of the Year Award Winner, Desiree Ellis, the reigning African champions, South Africa, started their close camping on Monday in Pretoria.

However, the Super Falcons head coach, Randy Waldrum, from his United States base, has also released the list of 22 players invited to play the two matches, and now the players are to report to Abuja on Sunday.

List of 22 invited players:
Goalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC); Tochukwu Oluehi (Shualat Alsharqia FC, Saudi Arabia); Linda Jiwuaku (Bayelsa Queens)

Defenders: Osinachi Ohale (Pachuca Club de Futbol, Mexico); Ashleigh Plumptre (Ittihad Ladies, Saudi Arabia); Shukurat Oladipo (FC Robo Queens); Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash, USA); Nicole Payne (Portland Thorns FC, USA); Chidinma Okeke (Mynavi Sendai Ladies, Japan)

Midfielders: Deborah Abiodun (University of Pittsburgh, USA); Halimatu Ayinde (FC Rosengard, Sweden); Christy Ucheibe (SL Benfica, Portugal); Jennifer Echegini (Juventus Ladies, Italy); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid FC, Spain); Toni Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain)

Forwards: Omorinsola Babajide (UDG Tenerife, Spain); Esther Okoronkwo (Changchun FC, China); Ifeoma Onumonu (SLC Utah, USA); Asisat Oshoala (Bay FC, USA); Uchenna Kanu (Racing Louisville, USA); Gift Monday (UDG Tenerife, Spain); Chiwendu Ihezuo (Pachuca Club de Futbol, Mexico).


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