Falcons will be ready for Africa, says Ikhana


Super Falcons coach, Kadiri Ikhana says blending will not be an issue as he prepares his team for the Africa Women Championships next month.

Ikhana says his players have consistently been in camp and the foreign based players have been part of the team before now so the issue of how well they play together as a unit is not one to debate on.

“We are working out how we can have all our players at least three weeks to the tournament and since they are playing regularly for their clubs I believe three weeks is enough time,” Ikhana said.

“Also they have been part of the team before and being professionals we should not be talking about blending this time around.”

The Super Falcons’ camp was officially opened on Sunday in preparation for the 2012 African Women’s Championship (AWC).

Head coach of the team, Kadiri Ikhana (MON) invited 27 players to the camp and 23 players arrived on Sunday 16, 2012.

The coach invited nine players who featured for the National U20 side, The Falconets, at the just concluded FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup held in Japan, and made sure to congratulate them for their performances at the tournament which saw them finish 4th behind USA, Germany, and hosts Japan.

“The Falconets did the country proud at the U20 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.

“Those players have already proved themselves at the U20 level and I hope they can measure up to the standards we require when they meet up with the Super Falcons.”

Ikhana went on to add that he expects one hundred per cent commitment from the players during the training camp, saying that he hopes the players make it difficult for him to choose his 18-man squad for the tournament.
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, Ulumma Jerome, Joy Jegede.

Others are 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 on Tuesday.

The African Women’s Championship will take place in Equatorial Guinea from
October 28, 2012 to November 11, 2012
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