Nigeria head to Morocco for the 14th edition of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, which commences on June 4.
En route to securing qualification to the biennial African football showpiece, the West Africans saw off Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.
Uchenna Kanu and Ifeoma Onumonu played crucial roles for the reigning African champions as they found the net twice against the Falcons’ cross-country rivals.
With Randy Waldrum’s ladies gunning for a record tenth African diadem in their 14th appearance at the tournament, GOAL brings to you everything you need to know about the Nigerian queens.
Nigeria Wafcon 2022 Group C Fixtures
Nigeria were pooled with South Africa as well as debutants Botswana and Burundi, where many have tipped the Super Falcons to progress into the knockout phase.
|4 July||Nigeria vs. South Africa||1-2||Rabat||Stade Moulay Hassan|
|7 July||Botswana vs. Nigeria||0-2||Rabat||Stade Moulay Hassan|
|10 July||Nigeria vs. Burundi||4-0||Rabat||Stade Moulay Hassan|
Nigeria Wafcon 2022 Group C table
Nigeria Wafcon 2022 squad
Asisat Oshoala and Rasheedat Ajibade were the biggest names included in Nigeria’s squad for the 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations.
The Nigeria Football Federation confirmed the following squad on Friday, where the reigning African champions will battle South Africa, Botswana, and Burundi in Group C.
Here is the Super Falcons' confirmed squad as announced on June 24.
Goalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Tochukwu Oluehi (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel); Yewande Balogun (Coppermine United, USA)
Defenders: Glory Ogbonna (Santa Teresa FC, Spain); Onome Ebi (En Avant Guingamp, France); Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves, Spain); Ashleigh Plumptre (Leicester City, England); Nicole Payne (West Virginia University, USA); Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash, USA); Akudo Ogbonna (Edo Queens)
Midfielders: Peace Efih (Kiryat Gat, Israel); Halimatu Ayinde (Eskilstuna FC, Sweden); Toni Oyedupe Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Regina Otu (Minsk FC, Belarus); Christy Ucheibe (SL Benfica, Portugal); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain); Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (Eskilstuna FC, Sweden)
Forwards: Francisca Ordega (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Vivian Ikechukwu (WFC Gintra, Lithuania); Chinonyerem Macleans (GSK Gornik Leczna, Poland); Ifeoma Onumonu (NY/NJ Gotham FC, USA); Uchenna Kanu (Tigres Femenil, Mexico); Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain); Gift Monday (Bayelsa Queens)
Nigeria Wafcon 2022 qualifying results
The Super Falcons began their campaign on a strong note – defeating Ghana 2-0 in the first round, first leg tie staged at the Onikan Stadium thanks to a first-half brace from Uchenna Kanu.
Randy Waldrum’s side qualified for the second round despite losing 1-0 to the Black Queens in Accra.
This time, they were paired against another strong West African side Cote d’Ivoire. The Lady Elephants had overpowered Niger Republic 20-0 on aggregate.
A double from Ifeoma Onumonu gave the Nigerians a commanding first-leg advantage. Even with the threat posed by the Ivorians in the reverse fixture, the Super Falcons secured a 1-0 away win inside Abidjan’s Stade Robert Champroux, to qualify for Morocco 2022.
|Fixture||1st Leg||2nd Leg|
|Nigeria v Ghana||2-0||1-0|
|Nigeria v Cote d'Ivoire||2-0||0-1|