The Super Falcons returned to camp in preparation for the 2012 African Women’s Championship (AWC) scheduled to hold in Equatorial Guinea from 22nd of next month.
Twenty-three out of the 27 players invited by Head Coach, Kadiri Ikhana, were in camp on the first day of the new season last Sunday.
Ikhana informed the players in camp that full training would this morning, with the tournament just five weeks away.
“We did not get as much time as we would have liked so we have to start our programmes immediately.
“The tournament is just five weeks away so we have a short time to train and choose the best players to represent the country in Equatorial Guinea,” observed the gaffer.
Nine players from the Falconets that finished fourth at the just concluded FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan are amongst the 27 players listed for the camp.
“The Falconets did the country proud at the Under-20 World Cup and I would like to congratulate them.
“I watched the team and I was impressed by some of the players I saw, which is why I have invited nine of them to join us,” said Ikhana.
He insisted that the players invited have already proved their worth at the Under-20 level and only hopes they can measure up to the standards of the senior national team.
Ikhana went on to add that he expects 100 per cent commitment from the players during the training camp.
“We want to retain the AWC title so nothing short of 100 per cent commitment is needed
“I hope the players will make it difficult for me to choose my final team for the tournament.”
He also stated that he was on the look out for players who show “commitment, discipline, skill and the ability to play according to instructions.”
Players in camp include Falconets Josephine Chukwunonye, Ngozi Okobi, Cecilia Nku, Ugo Njoku, Asisat Oshoala, Esther Sunday, and Gloria Ofoegbu.
Also in camp are defenders Eberechi Maraihe, Gladys Akpa, Evelyn Nwabuoku, Ngozi Ebere, Ulomma Jerome and Joy Jegede.
Others include Chiudo Ehiudo, Stella Mbachu, Onyinyechi Ohadugha, Glory Iroka, Shola Oyewusi, Tshola Tawa, Tochukwu Oluehi, Ifeoma Emenike, Sharifat Saheed and Precious Dede.
Ugochi Oparanozie, Francisca Ordega and Osinachi Ohale are all expected to arrive the Serob Legacy Hotel today.
The African Women’s Championship is scheduled to take place in Equatorial Guinea between October 28 and November 11.