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Aisha Buhari Cup: Nigeria defender insists Super Falcons are the team to beat

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Portugal forward Jessica Silva (10) battles with Nigeria defender Glory Ogbonna (4) during a Summer Series friendly international match between Nigeria and Portugal on June 13, 2021 at BBVA Stadium in Houston, TX.

Sweden-based Super Falcons defender, Glory Ogbonna, has boasted that the Nigerian women’s national team remains the side to beat when hostilities commence at the six-nation Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s Tournament in Lagos next month.

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The former Edo Queens defence marshal was in the Super Falcons squad that undertook an 8-day training camp in the Austrian capital, Vienna in July as part of the intense preparations for the forthcoming football showpiece.

Speaking on her expectations at the tournament that will see the nine-time African champions take on Mali and Morocco in Group A, the Umeå IK star insisted that Falcons are well-equipped to emerge victorious at the end of the competition named in honour of Nigeria’s First Lady.

“As champions of Africa, we have a status to defend. I am aware that no team should be underrated but Super Falcons remains the team to beat. Be it Mali, Morocco or any other country, they can never be a serious threat to us,” she said.

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“For sure, it is going to be a great competition and I relish the challenge it brings.  The teams will definitely put up lots of effort to battle for supremacy and make appreciable impact in the competition.

“I know Lagos will be the perfect home for us and it is always good to play right in front of your home fans as it gives the players the extra energy to bring out the desired result,” Ogbonna assured.

Lagos, the City of Aquatic Splendour, is primed to open its doors to the best of African women teams from 13th-21st September.

While Nigeria, Mali and Morocco make up Group A, Cameroon, Ghana and South Africa are the teams in Group B.

Nigeria and Morocco will square up in the opening match of the tournament at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan on September 13.


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