Abuja – Nigeria’s senior women national team, the Super Falcons, have arrived in the Ivorian capital city of Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said on Monday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Falcons are in the west African country for the 2018 WAFU Cup of Nations tournament which begins on Wednesday.
NFF, in a statement by its Communications Department, said the team’s new head coach, Thomas Dennerby, was at the head of the contingent.
“The contingent also has with it assistant coaches Wemimo Mathew and Maureen Madu, the team doctor and the physiotherapist.
“However, assistant coach Omobolanle Taiwo and Team Administrator Modupe Shabi will join the team on Wednesday,’’ it said.
The NFF also said veteran midfielder Osarenoma Igbinovia, who turns out for Bayelsa Queens FC, led the playing personnel.
“Other players included Joy Jegede, Rasheedat Ajibade, Chioma Wogu, Amarachi Okoronkwo, Glory Ogbonna, Kemi Famuditi and Anam Imo,’’ it said.
NAN reports that eight–time African champions Falcons will play their first match of the competition on Thursday against Benin Republic, from 3 p.m. Cote d’Ivoire time (4 p.m. Nigeria time).
They will then tackle Senegal on Saturday and Togo on Feb. 19.
The Full Squad:
Goalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels); Rita Akarekor (Delta Queens); Onyinyechukwu Okeke (Edo Queens)
Defenders: Mary Ologbosere (Rivers Angels); Joy Jegede (Delta Queens); Glory Ogbonna (Ibom Angels); Lilian Tule (Bayelsa Queens); Ujunwa Okafor (Delta Queens); Opeyemi Aiyenibereun (Sunshine Queens); Oluwakemi Famuditi (Confluence Queens)
Midfielders: Osarenom Igbinovia (Bayelsa Queens); Ihuoma Onyebuchi (Sunshine Queens); Peace Efih (Edo Queens); Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons); Ogechi Ukwuoma (Delta Queens)
Forwards: Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo Queens); Chioma Wogu (Rivers Angels); Aminat Yakubu (Bayelsa Queens); Alice Ogebe (Rivers Angels); Anam Imo (Nasarawa Amazons); Chinaza Uchendu (Rivers Angels)