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Morocco 2022: Super Falcons commence camping for Ghana in Lagos on Sunday

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Joel Ajayi

Nine-time African champions, Super Falcons will intensify preparations for their 2022 Women AFCON qualifying fixture against the Black Queens of Ghana when they arrive at camp in Lagos on Sunday.

Nigeria and Ghana clashed in the final match of the inaugural edition of the Women Africa Cup of Nations in 1998, in which the Falcons won 2-0. However, both strong stallions in the African women football race-course have been drawn to play each other for one slot at the next edition to be held in the summer of 2022 in the Kingdom of Morocco.

As part of their preparations for this potentially –explosive qualifying fixture, the Super Falcons featured in the USWNT Summer Series in the United States of America in June, testing their might against Portugal, Jamaica and USA senior women teams, and then featured at the six-nation Aisha Buhari Invitational Tournament hosted by the City of Lagos in September. They had earlier taken part in and won all three matches at the Turkish Women’s Cup in Antalya in February.

For the clash with the Black Queens, which the first leg holds at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena on Wednesday, 20th October, Head Coach Randy Waldrum has invited goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, defenders Onome Ebi and Osinachi Ohale, midfielders Rasheedat Ajibade and Regina Otu, forwards Asisat Oshoala (captain), Gift Monday and Vivian Ikechukwu, and 15 others.

There are also defenders Glory Ogbonna, midfielders Rita Chikwelu and Toni Payne and forwards Desire Oparanozie, Uchenna Kanu and Francisca Ordega.

The return leg is scheduled for Sunday, 24th October in Accra. The winner over two legs will join hosts Morocco and 10 other countries for the 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations next year summer.

ALL THE INVITED PLAYERS:

Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Yewande Balogun (California Storm, USA)

Defenders: Onome Ebi (Minsk FC, Belarus); Glory Ogbonna (Umea FC, Sweden); Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves, Spain); Ayomide Ojo (Edo Queens); Rafiat Imuran (Rivers Angels); Opeyemi Sunday (Edo Queens); Oluwatosin Demehin (Rivers Angels); Akudo Ogbonna (Edo Queens)

Midfielders: Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Toni Oyedupe Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Regina Otu (Minsk FC, Belarus); Goodness Onyebuchi (Edo Queens); Joy Bokiri (AIK FC, Sweden)

Forwards: Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain); Francisca Ordega (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Gift Monday (FC Robo Queens); Uchenna Kanu (Linkopings FC, Sweden); Desire Oparanozie (Dijon FC, France); Vivian Ikechukwu (Rivers Angels)

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Bolcit Barshep donates volleyball jerseys to Jos based volleyball club

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As part of contribution toward growth of grassroots volleyball in Plateau state, Bolcit Barshep, Co-opted Nigeria Volleyball Federation member has donated 27 set of jerseys to Dadinkowa Volleyball Spikers of Jos, Plateau State.

Barshep made the donation at the club’s training court on Monday.

The Managing Director of Anista Marketing and Event Limited donated 15 sets of male, 12 sets of female jerseys and 5 jearsys to the management team of Dadinkowa Volleyball Spikers.

She revealed that volleyball clubs in the North Central should expect similar donation in the first quarter of 2022.

She said, “This is my own little way of supporting grassroots volleyball as well as encouraging the other volleyball clubs in Plateau state. I will continue to work to further uplift the standards of grassroots in Plateau state.”

“Dadinkowa Volleyball Spikers of Jos has an intimidating pedigree when it comes to volleyball. The club is producing young volleyball players who are ready to shock the country and I am proud to be able to do something for this great club.

According to her, “The aim is also to put smiles on their faces of the young players and give them courage to enhance their performance in and out of the court”.

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