The Nigeria women football team, Super Falcons, arrived in Douala, Cameroon on Wednesday ahead of the Africa Women Nations Cup, AWCON, billed to commence this weekend.
The Super Falcons are the defending champion in Africa and also the record title holders with an astonishing seven titles in the kitty.
Though faced with a lot of challenges bordering on paucity of funds, the Falcons have been charged to go all out to successfully defend the title they won two years ago in Namibia.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick was at the team’s camp to offer words of motivation and encouragement before they left the country on Wednesday.
Pinnick told the reigning African champions that the federation is fully behind them and that they are as important as any other national team.
“We are totally behind you and we cherish you as much as we cherish all other teams, and we are always proud about all you have achieved which remains a record in the continent of Africa. We are hopeful that you will remain the champions of Africa after the finals in Cameroon.
“I want to assure you that we respect you and will do all we can to meet your needs in spite of the financial challenges we have presently. We do not take you for granted. We will always treat you as the champions that you are and hopefully, our financial situation will improve very soon and we will be able to practically demonstrate how much we treasure you.”
A contingent of 21 players and officials flew out of Abuja to Lagos on Wednesday morning, and then travelled from Lagos to Douala by ASKY Airline flight on Wednesday afternoon.
The team is lodged at Fini Hotel de Limbe.
The Falcons are in Group B with arch rivals, Ghana Black Queens, Kenya and Mali while host Cameroon will battle South Africa, Egypt and Zimbabwe in Group A.
SUPER FALCONS FULL SQUAD
Ibubeleye Whyte, Gladys Akpa, Faith Ikidi, Rita Chikwelu, Ngozi Ebere, Esther Sunday, Alaba Jonathan, Osarenoma Igbinovia, Ijeoma Obi, Halimatu Ayinde, Ugo Njoku, Uchechi Sunday, Gloria Iroka, Osinachi Ohale, Ngozi Okobi, Onome Ebi, Desire Oparanozie, Francisca Ordega, Asisat Oshoala, Rita Akarekor, Chioma Wogu