KADIRI IKHANA UNVEILS 22 SUPER FALCONS
(CP)Super Falcons coach Kadiri Ikhana on Tuesday named his team for the 2012 African Women Championship qualifying fixture against Zimbabwe.
Ikhana made these declaration at the FIFA Technical Centre, National Stadium Abuja disclosing a 22-players list for the game in Harare which will hold on May 27, while the return leg fixture will hold in Lagos on June 16.
The same team will also play two friendly games against the Banyana Banyana of South Africa with the first leg holding on June 3 Rustenburg. The return leg fixture will hold at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on June 23.
The Falcons are expected to fly out of Abuja to Harare on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Falcons defender Onome Ebi arrived in Abuja on Sunday to join her teammates in camp ahead of the qualifier against Zimbabwe.
Onome, who was part of the title-winning side at the last championships in South Africa in 2011, came in from her base in Turkey where she plays for Atasehir Belediyesi.
Ikhana has also called up long-serving striker Perpetua Nkwocha and Rita Chikwelu to join his squad.
Also expected in camp are the U-20 trio of Ugochi Oparanozie, Esther Sunday and Gloria Ofoegbu
List of Super Falcons players to prosecute African Women Championship Qualifying match against Zimbabwe and international friendly against South Africa includes: Precious Dede(Captain), Tochukwu Oluchi, Gloria Ofoegbu, Ngozi Ebere, Chidinma Okoro, Onyinyechi Ohadugha, Evelyn Nwabuiku, Onome Ebi, Joy Jegede, Gladys Akpa, Regina Macfancy, Stella Mbachu(Asst. Captain), Akudo Iwuagwu, Perpetua Nkwocha, Amenze Aighewi, Abosede Olukayode, Desire Oparanozie, Shola Oyewusi, Rita Chikwelu, Gloria Iroka and Esther Sunday.
Falcons boss, further stated that he has been mandated by the NFF to take the team to at least the semi-finals of the 2012 African Women Championship and he is aiming at nothing less. “NFF has given me a target to reach the semi-finals of the 2012 African Women Championship but my target is to win all trophies including the 2013 FIFA world cup in Canada”.
“I would rather resign than having a foreign coach come assist me” he added.