Falcons depart for Harare Thursday

The Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons, earlier billed to depart the shores of the country today will now travel on Thursday to Harare through South Africa, ahead of this weekend’s 2012 African Women Championship qualifying match against their Zimbabwean counterparts.

Ademola Olajire, spokesperson for the Nigeria Football Federation, confirmed the change in travel plans to Premium Times as he stated that the delegation will now fly out of Lagos on-board a South African Airways flight tomorrow.

On Tuesday, Head Coach, Kadiri Ikhana, listed 21 players for the match, which return leg is billed for Nigeria on June 16.

Goalkeeper and Captain, Precious Dede, is at the head of the squad, with assistant Captain, Stella Mbachu, Tochukwu Oluehi, Gloria Ofoegbu, Ngozi Ebere, Chidinma Okoro, Onyinyechi Ohadugha, Evelyn Nwabuiku, Onome Ebi, Joy Jegede, Gladys Akpa, Regina Macfancy, Akudo Iwuagwu, Perpetua Nkwocha, Amenze Aighewi, Abosede Olukayode, Desire Oparanozie, Shola Oyewusi, Rita Chikwelu, Gloria Iroka and Esther Sunday also included.

The delegation will connect a South African Airways flight from Johannesburg to Harare on Friday morning.

“We have been in camp for some weeks now and we have done a lot of work. I believe that we have a team that will do Nigeria proud by not only knocking out Zimbabwe but going to Equatorial Guinea in November to retain the African title,” Ikhana said on Wednesday.

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The Super Falcons have won all but one edition of the African Women Championship since the inaugural event that Nigeria hosted in 1998.

The only edition where the trophy went a different way was the 2008 finals in Equatorial Guinea.

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