Oshoala, Ajibade, Nnadozie, Plumptre headline Super Falcons WAFCON squad

Randy Waldrum, the head coach of the Super Falcons, has unveiled a 25-player squad for the 12th Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

Randy Waldrum, the head coach of the Super Falcons, has unveiled a 25-player squad for the 12th Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, which will be held in Morocco from July 2–23, 2022.

Asisat Oshoala of FC Barcelona, Ashleigh Plumptre of Leicester City, Rasheedat Ajibade of Atletico Madrid, and other prominent players are among those traveling to Morocco.

Nigeria’s oldest international and five-time World Cup attendee, Onome Ebi, who turned 39 last month, will lead the Super Falcons as team captain.

Nigeria will kick off their campaign against South Africa’s Banyana Banyana on Monday, July 4th prior to their subsequent matches against Botswana (July 7th) and Burundi (10th), 

Africa will be represented at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand by all four of the semifinalist teams from the competition in Morocco.

On Monday, June 27, the group representing the Falcons will leave for Morocco.

The Falcons will be looking forward to retain the most coveted trophy in Africa’s women football.

Super Falcons WAFCON 2022 roster

Goalkeepers : Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Tochukwu Oluehi (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel); Yewande Balogun (Coppermine United, USA)

Defenders : Glory Ogbonna (Santa Teresa FC, Spain); Onome Ebi (En Avant Guingamp, France); Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves, Spain); Ashleigh Plumptre (Leicester City, England); Nicole Payne (West Virginia University, USA); Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash, USA); Akudo Ogbonna (Edo Queens)

Midfielders : Peace Efih (Kiryat Gat, Israel); Halimatu Ayinde (Eskilstuna FC, Sweden); Toni Oyedupe Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Regina Otu (Minsk FC, Belarus); Christy Ucheibe (SL Benfica, Portugal); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain); Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (Eskilstuna FC, Sweden)

Forwards : Francisca Ordega (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Vivian Ikechukwu (WFC Gintra, Lithuania); Chinonyerem Macleans (GSK Gornik Leczna, Poland); Ifeoma Onumonu (NY/NJ Gotham FC, USA); Uchenna Kanu (Tigres Femenil, Mexico); Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain); Gift Monday (Bayelsa Queens) 

Nothing less than 15 members of the squad will be making their WAFCON debut.

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AWCON 2022: Super Falcons drawn against South Africa, Burundi and Botswana

The Super Falcons will begin their AWCON title defense with a match against South Africa in Group C.

The Super Falcons will begin their AWCON title defense with a match against South Africa in Group C.

Nigeria won their 11th championship in 2018 after defeating South Africa.

The 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) draw has been completed, with South Africa, Burundi, and Botswana placed in Group C alongside 11-time African champions Nigeria.

CAF Director of Competitions Samson Adamu, Cameroon and Inter Milan striker Ajara Nchout, as well as Morocco’s former minister of sports Nawal El Moutawakel, performed the drawings at the Mohamed VI Complex in Rabat, Morocco.

CAF gave seeded teams Morocco, Cameroon, and the Super Falcons automatic positions in Groups A, B, and C, respectively, ahead of the draw on Friday.

The top two teams from each group will go to the quarter-finals automatically, while the third-place team will compete for a spot in the last eight as one of the two best losers.

The Super Falcons qualified for the AWCON in February after defeating Cote d’Ivoire 3-0 on aggregate. They will now focus on the competition in Morocco.

Nigeria is the defending champions and have won the title three times in a row, having won the event in 2014, 2016, and 2018, and has won the AWCON an unprecedented 11 times.

In Morocco, up to 15 players from Nigeria’s AWCON roster might make their tournament debut.

The 2022 showcase will be the first time that 12 teams compete in the women’s continental event, up from 8 in previous tournaments.

The tournament, which will take place in Morocco from July 2 to 23, 2022, will also serve as an African qualifier for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.

The top four teams at the AWCON will automatically qualify for the World Cup with two more teams, proceeding to the inter-confederation play-offs to seek a place in the Australia-New Zealand-hosted tournament.

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Super Falcons to know AWCON 2022 foes on April 25th

The group stage draws for the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations to be held in Morocco, will take place on Monday, April 25th 2022.

Super Falcons to know AWCON 2022 foes on April 25th

The group stage draws for the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations to be held in Morocco, will take place on Monday, April 25th 2022.

Goals from Ifeoma Onumonu and Esther Okoronkwo steered the Super Falcons to a 3-0 aggregate win over Cote d’Ivoire in the final round of the qualifiers in February 2022.

Nigeria won the Africa Women Cup of Nations (formerly known as the African Women Championship) for the first time in 1998, and has since won seven more championships.

The only two instances in the competition’s history that the Super Falcons did not win were when the tournaments were held in Equatorial Guinea, in 2008 and 2012.

Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda, Burundi, Zambia, Togo, Senegal, Tunisia, Botswana, Cameroon, South Africa, and Burkina Faso are the 12 teams who have qualified. They will be drawn it into four groups, with three teams each.

The four semi-finalists will represent Africa at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals. It is to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand and is scheduled to take place from 20 July to 20 August 2023.

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