Super Falcons Players Hit 27 In Camp For Mali Duel

Players in the camp of Super Falcons have swelled to 27 when Goal called the camp of the team at the Serob Hotel, Abuja ahead of the team’s All African Games final round, second leg clash with Mali next Friday.
Belarus based Esther Sunday and Gladys Akpa were the last two players to arrive camp on Tuesday and they took part in the Wednesday’s training session.
Falcons head coach, Edwin Okon travelled to Bamako with only one foreign based players but the team’s 1-1 draw against Mali away from home has not gone well with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) who had expected a comfortable away win to render the second leg a formality.
It was in the light of this that Okon welcomed the additions of foreign based players so that this could give him more options with barely a week to the crucial second leg where Nigeria could still qualify even with a goalless draw.
Other players that have hit the camp are skipper, Evelyn Nwabuoku, Onome Ebi, Ngozi Ebere, Ohale Osinachi, Loveth Ayila, Precious Dede, Ngozi Okobi, Francesca Ordega and Sandra Chichi.
Others in camp are Chioma Wogu, Sarah Nnodim, Ugo Njoku, Mercy Amenze, Chisom Henry, Christy Ohaeriaku, Blessing Edoho, Josephine Chukwunonye, Mariam Ibrahim, Ibubeleye Whyte, Onyinyechi Ohadugha, Halimat Ayinde, Chiwendu Ihezuo, Yetunde Adeboyejo and Onyinyechi Okeke.
Super Faclons’ Media Officer, Gracious Akujobi told Goal exclusively that other foreign based players were still being awaited but she couldn’t categorically state if they will be available for the second leg tie with Mali next week.
She said Falcons’ coaches are also using the games in the qualifiers for the All African Games and the Olympics to gauge how prepared they are for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup slated for Canada.
“We have 27 players in camp and two foreign based players both of whom ply their trade in Belarus. The camp is bubbling as training sessions have started ahead of the second leg match. We are going to play against Mali next Friday in Abuja and we don’t want to take anything for granted,” Akujobi told Goal.
“The Malians were not superb in the first leg game played in Bamako but missed chances coupled with poor defending made the game to end 1-1 and the head coach and other technical crew members are doing everything possible to ensure that to ensure that Nigerians see more improved Falcons next week.”
Falcons are seeking a return to the All Africa Games after they were eliminated in the qualifiers for the 2011 edition held in Mozambique.