Nine time African champions Super Falcons of Nigeria have one leg in Morocco for the African Women’s Nations Cup following their thrashing of Cape Verde by 5-0 at the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja last Thursday.
Cape Verde will need to score six goals to upset Super Falcons which is undoubtedly an herculean task. The Nigerian girls have not missed any edition of the AWCON since its inception and acquit itself well at the last Women’s World Cup losing to England in penalties shootout.
Though the team is without five key players especially Asisat Oshoala and the team technical adviser Randy Waldrum absence is quiet felt the Super Falcons are expected to secure qualification for the AWCON in grand style.
Uchenna Kanu and Esther Okoronkwo who scored a brace in Abuja added to Gift Monday’s fine strike, with the like of stand in captain Rasheedat Ajibade can wreck any opposition coupled with the fine form of majority of the players.
Cape Verde is a country situated inside the Atlantic Ocean, some way off the extreme wing of West Africa, but categorised as West Africa. That is where the Super Falcons will, on Tuesday, pick up their ticket to the 13thWomen Africa Cup of Nations finals in Morocco.
The Nigeria contingent arrived in Cape Verde’s capital, Praia on Sunday morning, and after a training session same day, have been scheduled to have the official training at the match venue (Santiago-Estádio Nacional Cabo Verde) at 4pm Cape Verde time (6pmNigeria time) on Monday.
The return leg encounter will begin at 4pmCape Verde time (6pm Nigeria time) on Tuesday, with Liberian official Sylvina Welma Garnett as referee. CAF has also appointed Hannah Moses (Liberian) as assistant referee 1, while Sierra Leoneans Precious Amara and Humu Marah will serve as assistant referee 2 and fourth official respectively.
The match will kick off 6pm Nigerian time.