Madugu Confident Falcons Will Fly as Cape Verde Girls Storm Abuja

Madugu Confident Falcons Will Fly as Cape Verde Girls Storm Abuja

Coach Justin Madugu has expressed deep faith in his Super Falcons’ squad to excel when they clash with their Cape Verdean counterparts in a 2024 Women Africa Cup of Nations final round, first leg qualifier at the MKO Abiola National Stadium tomorrow evening.

“We are without a few regular players for various reasons but we are not here to dwell on that. The Super Falcons’ team remains the Super Falcons anytime, any day, and anywhere. We have players in camp who will do justice to the badge and get us the qualification ticket to the AFCON.

“Surely, we would have wanted a couple more days for the team to train together, but the fixture is the fixture and the window is the window, and we just have to make do with what we have and get the best out of the arrangement. Everyone in camp will play their part for the Super Falcons to qualify for Morocco 2024.”

A total of 20 of the 21 invited players were at the team’s camp yesterday morning, with only University of Pittsburgh of America’s Deborah Abiodun still expected.

Nine-time champions Nigeria reached this final stage of the qualification series following the withdrawal of Sao Tome’s senior girls from a second-round fixture in September.

Meanwhile, the delegation of Cape Verde’s senior girls flew into Nigeria’s capital, Abuja on Monday morning. 

They will have there official training at the main bowl of the MKO Abiola National Stadium this evening from 4 pm.

Tomorrow’s encounter will begin at 4pm, with Madugu most likely to hand leadership of the rearguard to Mexico-based veteran Osinachi Ohale, who was among the first players in camp, and with Captain Rasheedat Ajibade to lead a midfield and attack that could include Peace Efih, Toni Payne, Esther Onyenezide, Omorinsola Babajide, Esther Okoronkwo, Uchenna Kanu and Gift Monday. Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, on the shortlist for the CAF African Player of the Year awards coming up in Morocco this weekend, will be in goal.

The 13th edition of Africa’s flagship women’s football championship will be staged in Morocco in July next year.

The return leg fixture is to hold  in Praia on Tuesday, 5th December, 

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