Last Wednesday, the Nigerian Women’s national football team arrived in Austria. There, they will have two weeks to get ready for the biggest Women’s Football tournament in the World. Their training camp is at Bad Tatzmannsdorf.
After several days of training, coach Thomas Dennerby released the 23-strong squad he will be taking to France. Here’s the full list:
Tochukwu Oluehi (Rivers Angels); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels) and Alaba Jonathan (Bayelsa Queens)
Faith Ikidi (Pitea IF, Sweden); Ngozi Ebere (Arna Bjornar, Norway); Osinachi Ohale (Vaxjo DFF, Sweden); Onome Ebi (Henan Huishang, China) and Chidinma Okeke (FC Robo)
Evelyn Nwabuoku (Rivers Angels); Rita Chikwelu (Krstianstand DFF, Sweden); Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (Eskiltuna United, Sweden); Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons); Rasheedat Ajibade (Avaldsnes IL, Norway); Chinaza Ochendu (Braga, Portugal); Ogonna Chukwudi (Djurgardens, Sweden) and Halimatu Ayinde (Eskiltuna United, Sweden)
Alice Ogebe (Rivers Angels); Chinwendu Ihezuo (Henan Huishang, China); Anam Imo (Malmo FC, Sweden); Francisca Ordega (Shanghai, China); Uchenna Kanu (Southeastern University, United States); Desire Oparanozie (Guingamp, France) and Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona, Spain)
The preparations are going well so far and in their first test match, the Super Falcons defeated Haladas Viktoria 5:1. The Hungarians scored after seven minutes, but Nigerians replied with five goals for an easy win. The Falcons scorers were Chinwendu Ihezuo, Francisca Ordega, Ogonna Chukwudi and Asisat Oshoala who scored two goals.
Ihezuo equalized in the 32nd minute before Ordega turned the score around early in the second half. On the 70-minute mark, Oshoala scored Nigeria’s third and two minutes later goal number four. Six minutes before the end, Chukwudi made it five.
Coach Dennerby substituted the whole starting line-up after 70 minutes, giving everyone a chance to play.
The next test game is scheduled for Sunday, June 2nd against Slovakia. The Super Falcons will want to finish their time at the training camp with a victory before jetting off to France on Tuesday.
The 2019 Women’s World Cup begins next Friday, June 7th and the Super Falcons will play their first match against Norway, on June 8th in Reims.
Nigeria is in Group A of the competition with Norway, South Korea and the hosts France. The Falcons are certainly one of the favourites to make it to the elimination rounds and to go all the way to the later stages of the World Cup. The Nigerians have won the African Cup of Nations nine times but are yet to lift the biggest trophy in football.
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