The City of Lagos will host the six-nation invitational that will see the Super Falcons, Ghana’s Black Queens, Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses, Banyana Banyana of South Africa, Morocco, and Mali tango in a celebratory atmosphere in the month of September for a glittering trophy named in honor of Nigeria’s First Lady, Dr (Mrs) Aisha Buhari.
A total of 26 players, alongside technical and administrative staff, are ensconced at the Event Hotel Pyramide Vienna for the purpose of total concentration as Coach Randy Waldrum seeks to harness the different qualities and abilities of individual players to conflate a better and stronger team.
New faces have continued to emerge in the camp of the Super Falcons
as Coach Waldrum’s roving lenses have been picking up Nigeria-eligible dames from across the globe to strengthen the squad.
Before the Summer Series tour of the United States of America in June, where the Falcons drew with Portugal and lost narrowly to Jamaica and hosts USWNT, few Nigerian ball fans had heard of Yewande Balogun, Onyinyechi Zogg, Nicole Payne, and Michelle Alozie. But they formed part of a group that bonded fabulously with foreign-based and home-based professionals and presaged an interesting future for the Falcons.
Nigeria is in the Club of only seven countries that have qualified for and participated at every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals since the competition was launched in 1991, and has also featured in three Olympic Games.
Waldrum has unearthed even more prospects as the Ijeh sisters Josephine and Evelyn), Megan Ashleigh, and Ninuola Dada are part of the training camp in Austria, even as England –based forward Ini-Abasi Umotong makes a return to the fold of the perennial African champions.
The camp in Austria is the third gathering that the NFF has arranged for the Super Falcons this year, following an interesting three-wins-out-three account at the Turkish Women’s Cup in Antalya in February and the Summer Series in the USA last month.
The players in camp are in Austria are : Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi, Chiamaka
Nnadozie, Patience Okeke, and Yewande Balogun.
Defenders: Glory Ogbonna, Osinachi Ohale, Esther Ogbonna (Edo Queens); Chidinmake Okeke, Onyinyechi Zogg , Nicole Payne, Michelle Alozie, Megan Ashleigh, and Josephine Ijeh.
Midfielders: Rita Chikwelu, Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene, Toni Payne, and Mowaninuola Dada.
Forwards: Rasheedat Ajibade, Francisca Ordega, Gift Monday, Joy Bokiri, Uchenna Kanu, Ebere Orji, Ini-Abasi Umotong, Evelyn Ijeh and Desire Oparanozie.