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SPORT: Plumptre, Ordega, Onumonu to join Falcons in Morocco

SPORT: Plumptre, Ordega, Onumonu to join Falcons in Morocco

Publish date: 2022-06-17 23:05:21 | Author: Johnny Edward | Source: punchng.com

• Oshoala confident of successful title defence

Super Falcons quartet Ashleigh Plumptre, Francisca Ordega, Vivian Ikechukwu and Ifeoma Onumonu will join up with rest of the Super Falcons squad in Morocco ahead of next month’s 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations finals, Saturday PUNCH reports.

The 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations will hold in Morocco from July 2 to July 23.

Forwards Desire Oparanozie and Uchenna Kanu, as well as midfielder Regina Otu and Nicole Payne are expected to arrive in Abuja this weekend.

The Falcons began their preparation in Abuja on Friday with 19 players in camp, including team captain Onome Ebi, alongside goalkeepers Chiamaka Nnadozie and Tochukwu Oluehi.

Others include defenders Osinachi Ohale and Akudo Ogbonna, midfielders Rita Chikwelu and Rasheedat Ajibade, and forwards Francisca Ordega, Asisat Oshoala and Gift Monday.

Nigeria, who have won nine of the 11 WAFCON finals held so far, beat Ghana and Ivory Coast to qualify for the tournament.

They will take on South Africa, Botswana and Burundi in the group stages in Morocco.

The Cup-holders go up against the Banyana Banyana in their first match at the Prince Heritier Moulay Hassan Stadium in Rabat on July 4 before their fixtures against  Botswana on July 7 and Burundi on July 10 at the same venue.

All four semi-finalists at the tournament in Morocco will qualify to represent Africa at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia/New Zealand in 2023.

Meanwhile, Barcelona forward Asisat Oshoala remains confident over the team’s title defence in Morocco.

She said, “I think the most important thing for us going into this tournament  is to qualify for the World Cup. That’s our primary aim and also to win the tournament again is also part of our goals as a team. Personally, for me, I also want to better my performance from the last edition.”

Nigeria striker Asisat Oshoala won the Pichichi, the prize given to the top scorer in the Spanish league after scoring 20 goals in 19 games to finish joint-top scorer in the top-flight despite missing two months through injury

The four-time African Women’s Footballer of the Year is Africa’s most decorated female footballer and is the first woman from the continent to claim Spain’s golden boot.

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