Redemption will be the first thing on their mind as the Super Falcons returns to Action a month after the team suffered a disappointing 4-2 loss to the Bayana in the final of the Aisha Buhari Cup, (ABC) when the team tackle the Black Queens of Ghana in the first round of the 2022 Africa Women Cup Of Nations qualifiers on Wednesday 20 October 2021 at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan Lagos.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria is expected to bounce back from the shock 4-2 she suffered in the hands of the Bayana Bayana of South Africa in the finals of the 2021 Aisha Buhari Cup in Lagos last month.
The Aisha Buhari Cup is one of the three championships the team has played this year in preparing the team for a greater future which starts with the 2022 Africa Women Cup Of Nations ( AWCON) qualifier against the Black Queens of Ghana.
The fact that the 2022 AWCON will also serve as the qualifier for 2023 AWCON makes it even dicer as failure to qualify for the 2022 AWCON billed for Morrocco in July means the team will not have access to any competition until 2024 when the 2025 AWCON qualifier and 2024 Olympic games qualifier.
The Coach of the team, Randy Waldrum understands the importance of the first leg of the doubleheader slated for Wednesday in Lagos and he declared that the target for the team is good at home.
“It is important for us to get a good win at home and then go to Accra and play like warriors. The Super Falcons just have to be at the AFCON and the World Cup and they are ready to give these two matches they’re all.” Waldrum told the NFF media.
The coach has invited his trusted twenty-three legs, the bulk of whom plays professional football abroad.
The invited players are led by the team captain and Barcelona forward, Asisat Oshoala, the formidable squad also include the highly experienced defender Onome Ebi who are expected to lead the team to victory at the front and the backline respectively.
Onome Ebi also shares the coach views as she declares the battles against Ghana as a must-win for Nigeria in her chat with the NFF media.
“These are two battles that we must win. We know that we have to start by winning well in Lagos on Wednesday and then go to Ghana and put up another big performance. We are not looking at this as home-and-away matches. We are looking at two matches that we must win,” said the 36-year-old defender.
The Black Queens of Ghana has been preparing for the crunchy tie as well as they wrestle for the ticket to the next AWCON at the expense of Nigeria.
The team went into close camping at Prampram for months before coming to Nigeria for the Aisha Buhari Cup in Lagos, then returned to Prampram to continue their camping as the majority of the players are based in Ghana, plying their trade in the Ghana Women premier league.
The Ghana Football Federation is not losing sleep over the threat the Super Falcons posed to their appearance in the 2022 AWCON as the president, Simeon Okramu charges her wards to try all means available to defeat Nigeria.
” Our opponent is one that we must triumph over by all means available and given the level of preparation you have had ”
‘’Nigeria has given us lot of problems in the past same way we also have been their nightmare in the past too but I believe with the quality of players we have, we can face any opponent and win” said Okramu in a dinner organized for the team on Sunday in Accra before their departure for Nigeria on Monday.
The die is cast, as one of these giants of African women football is dangerously poised to miss the AWCON for the first time in history, by 4 pm on Wednesday the lush green hybrid synthetic pitch of the newly remodeled former Onikan Stadium will suffer as the team giants battle.
Both teams have attended all the past eleven editions of which the Super Falcons triumphed in nine of them while the Black Queens of Ghana best performances at the championships was three best runners up finishes in 1998, 2002 and 2006 losing all finals to the Super Falcons.
The Super Falcons are the current defending Champion of the competition, the team defeated South Africa by 4-3 on penalties to win the last of the competition edition hosted in Ghana.
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