The preparation of Falcons is in top gear as Kadiri Ikhana names the team to face Zimbabwe
Reigning African Female Footballer of the Year Perpetua Nkwocha and Rita Chikwelu have arrived the Super Falcons' camp from their base in Europe ready for the qualifiers against Zimbabwe.
Nkwocha, who plays her club football for Sunnana SK in Sweden, has already declared that she is ready for international duty, starting with the African Women's Championship (AWC) qualifier against Zimbabwe on May 27th.
"I am ready anytime as long as the coach finds me suitable. I have been playing with my club, so I am in good shape and rearing to go," Nkwocha said.
While expressing disappointment at missing out on the forthcoming Olympic Football tournament, Nkwocha reiterated her belief in the team and the Kadiri Ikhana-led coaching crew.
"There are no minnows again in football and that means we will not take Zimbabwe for granted but I am confident we will do very well. I still trust in the Falcons and despite what happened in the past, we remain the best in Africa.
"This is the belief we will take into the game because we must start doing well from our very first game."
Chikwelu, who also plays her club football in Sweden with Umea IK, said she is excited at the prospect of working with Ikhana and said qualifying for the next AWC in Equatorial Guinea and the 2015 FIFA World Cup finals in Canada is what matters now.
"I am not happy that we missed out on the Olympic Games but we will make up for that by qualifying for Equatorial Guinea and Canada.
"We have to be on our toes to make sure we win every game as this will make Nigerians very happy,” said Chikwelu.
Also in camp are Under-20 trio of Desire Oparanozie, Gloria Ofoegbu and Esther Sunday who helped the Falconets to a 7-0 aggregate win over DR Congo last weekend.
Coach Ikhana will name the squad for the forthcoming AWC qualifier in Harare, at 1pm on Tuesday at the FIFA Technical Center in Abuja.