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Chikwelu, Oparanozie To Lead Nigeria’s Super Falcons Against France

Just days after the Super Eagles concluded the first phase of their 2018 FIFA World Cup actual build–up with useful encounters against Poland in Wroclaw and Serbia in London, and the U20 boys concluded a two-match tour of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Senior Women’s Team, Super Falcons are also having a good kick with a prestige friendly against France.

The eight–time African champions are up against their French counterparts at the Stade MMArena in the city of Le Mans, France on Friday, 6th April 2018.

Super Falcons

Coach Thomas Dennerby, whose maidens composed entirely of home–based professionals took third place at the WAFU Women Cup of Nations in Abidjan in February following penalty shoot-out defeat by Ghana in the semi finals, will have the complement of foreign –based gladiators as well when they pitch battle with France as from 9pm on Friday next week.

Nigeria’s 17–woman list includes Rita Chikwelu, who captained the team to win an eighth continental title in Cameroon in December 2016, as well as big forward Desire Oparanozie, the effervescent Francisca Ordega, nimble–footed midfielder Ngozi Okobi and home –based goalkeepers Onyinyechukwu Okeke and Chiamaka Nnadozie.

U.S–based forward Courtney Dike and Ordega would be first arrivals in Le Mans on Tuesday, 3rd April – the same day the delegation from Nigeria will depart from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The Super Falcons will lodge at the Mercure Le Mans Centre.

Nigeria Super Falcons
photo credit: @NGSuper_Falcons

THE FULL LIST

Goalkeepers: Onyinyechukwu Okeke; Chiamaka Nnadozie

Defenders: Josephine Chukwunonye; Ngozi Ebere; Faith Ikidi; Ugo Njoku; Osinachi Ohale; Glory Ogbonna

Midfielders: Rita Chikwelu; Ngozi Okobi; Ini-Abasi Umotong; Ogonna Chukwudi

Forwards: Francisca Ordega; Desire Oparanozie; Courtney Dike; Esther Sunday; Anam Imo

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Rita Chikwelu Now Super Falcons’ Captain

Barely 48 hours to the commencement of the 10th edition of the Women Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, the Super Falcons of Nigeria now have a new team captain.

Rita Chikwelu, the Umea IK Swedish Damallsvenskan player replaced the former captain, Evelyn Nwabuoku of French club, En Avant de Guingamp, who was ruled out due to injury.

The 28- year old attacking midfielder made her senior national team debut in 2007 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in China.

Head Coach, Florence Omagbemi told thenff.com: “Ladies, you all know why the captain is not here with us, so we will be needing someone else to fill in for her in this competition.

“Alongside my assistants, we have decided to pick Rita Chikwelu to be the captain and Osinachi Ohale as the assistant. And I want you all to co-operate with them and work together as a team.”

Super Falcons Training photo credit: @NGSuper_Falcons
Super Falcons Training
photo credit: @NGSuper_Falcons

Chikwelu was a member of the Nigerian Olympic team that participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics in China and a member of the Nigerian squad at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.

The Falcons start their defence of the continental title on Sunday, when they clash with the senior women national team of Mali in the opening match of Group B at the Stade Municipal de Limbe.

Super Falcons sail into AWCON finals

Cup holders Nigeria will be one of the eight countries that will participate in the 10th African Women Cup of Nations holding in Cameroon, 19th November – 3rd December this year, after the champions saw off the Teranga Lionesses of Senegal 2-0 in Abuja on Tuesday.

Goals by midfielders Rita Chikwelu and Osarenoma Igbinovia, in either half, sent the Falcons soaring to a 3-1 aggregate win over the Senegalese, following both teams’ 1-1 draw in Dakar on Friday.

The seven –time African champions fluffed a hatful of chances in the first half, with Arsenal FC of England new signing Asisat Oshoala looking a lot less sharp than her usual self, and forward Desire Oparanozie forced to start from the bench as a result of the injury she sustained in the first leg.

Oshoala even failed to convert from the penalty spot after Ebere Orji was upended in the box, before Chikwelu connected a brilliant pass to put Nigeria in front in the 36th minute.

Igbinovia was at the right place to connect another brilliant pass from the right just a minute into the second half, to somehow settle the nerves of dignitaries and spectators at the National Stadium, Abuja.

At the match were NFF President Amaju Pinnick, 1st Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi, 2nd Vice President/LMC chairman Shehu Dikko, NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, NFF Executive Committee members Ibrahim Gusau, Chris Green, Babagana Kalli, Sunday Dele-Ajayi and Yusuf Ahmed Fresh, Chairman of Senate Committee on Sports Obinna Ogba, former NFF General Secretary Bolaji Ojo-Oba, LMC chief operating officer Salihu Abubakar, former NFF General Secretary Fanny Amun and a number of Chairmen and Secretaries of Football Associations of different States of the federation.