Ahead of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying two-legged matches against Cote d’ Ivoire on February 18 2022 in Abuja and in Abidjan few days later, Nigeria’s senior women team, Super Falcons, are expected to begin camping in Abuja on February 1, 2022, Completesports.com reports.
Super Falcons Head coach, Randy Waldrum, has invited over 30 players made up of foreign based players and some from the domestic league. They are expected to begin training same day at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja.
The Super Falcons will host the female Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire on February 18 at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja and travel to Abidjan for the second leg of the qualifiers for the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for Morocco later in the year.
Waldrum told completesports.com from his base in the United States of America that he has forwarded a list of 34 players invited to camp in Abuja to the NFF, preparatory for the crucial two-legged qualifiers against Cote d’Ivoire.
“I have forwarded my list to the Federation and we have agreed to open camp on February 1 in Abuja where the match will hold. We want to prepare the team very well on order to get the players fit and well blended to beat the Ivory Coast team,” Waldrum started.
“I have a prematch knowledge of the Ivory Coast ladies, having watched them play in Lagos during the Aisha Buhari Cup and I know they are good and desperate to win, but we shall do our best to beat them in Abuja and in the return leg to ensure our qualification,” the American reiterated.
The 2022 Women’s AFCON in Morocco will also serve as the African qualifiers for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand.
By Richard Jideaka Abuja