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AWC: Super Falcons ready to reclaim title in Namibia

Nigeria senior female football team, Super Falcons is determined to reclaim the trophy in the African Women Championship in Namibia.

Coach Edwin Okon has expressed his team’s readiness to win the African Women Championship in Namibia.

Nigeria will begin their campaign to regain the African title against Cote d’Ivoire on Saturday, October 11 at 7pm Nigerian time.

Nigeria has won the title six times since the competition started, only losing it twice since the inception of the AWC tournament.

Equatorial Guinea won the last edition of the AWC with the Super Falcons finishing in fourth position, but Okon promised that the team will redeem the country’s image in Namibia.

“As far as we are concerned, we are set and that is the reason we have been playing series of friendly matches. I’m satisfied with the response of the players. So, we are ready for the challenges ahead,” Okon said.

“I want to believe our chances are good though we are expecting no easy games. The most important thing for us is that we have prepared well and we are going to take one game at a time.

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“The opening game against Cote d’Ivoire is important for us because it would set the tone for the rest of the competition. We are looking forward to the match against Cote d’Ivoire with optimism.

The former national team assistant coach also expressed confidence in her team’s ability to pick one of the three tickets to the FIFA Women’s World Cup billed for Canada.

“Yes, we are aiming to qualify and that is one of our major ambitions. I’m sure we are going to make it. I’m confident because we have been preparing well. Secondly, we have a crop of players that are talented and experienced,” he said.

Coach Okon has picked a strong squad of 21 players for the African Women Championship slated to hold from October 11-25 in Namibia

The tournament will be taking place in Windhoek, Namibia from October 11th to 25th.

The Super Falcons have been grouped alongside hosts Namibia, Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia in Group A.

Namibia will face six time winners, Super Fal-cons in their last Group A match on October 17th, three days after locking horns with Cote d’Ivoire.

Coach Okon will hope to win the title for the seventh time.

ANTHONY NLEBEM