The Super Falcons of Nigeria have departed for Cameroon to defend the Women Africa Cup of Nations title.
Hours before the team departed, the president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, offered words of motivation and encouragement during his visit to the team’s camp.
Pinnick told the Falcons that the NFF is fully behind them and that they are as important as any other national team.
He said: “We are totally behind you and we cherish you as much as we cherish all other teams, and we are always proud about all you have achieved which remains a record in the continent of Africa. We are hopeful that you will remain the champions of Africa after the finals in Cameroon.
“I want to assure you that we respect you and will do all we can to meet your needs in spite of the financial challenges we have presently. We do not take you for granted. We will always treat you as the champions that you are and hopefully, our financial situation will improve very soon and we will be able to practically demonstrate how much we treasure you.“
The African Women Championship takes place between November 19 and December 3, 2016.
A contingent of 21 players and officials flew out of Lagos to Douala via a ASKY Airline flight wednesday afternoon.
The called-up players are:
Ibubeleye Whyte, Gladys Akpa,Faith Ikidi, Rita Chikwelu, Ngozi Ebere, Esther Sunday, Alaba Jonathan, Osarenoma Igbinovia,Ijeoma Obi, Halimatu Ayinde, Ugo Njoku, Uchechi Sunday, Gloria Iroka, Osinachi Ohale, Ngozi Okobi,Onome Ebi, Desire Oparanozie,Francisca Ordega, Asisat Oshoala,Rita Akarekor, and Chioma Wogu.