Ebere gets late Falcons invite as Nigeria hosts Cote d’Ivoire today
Anna-Bjornar of Norway’s Ngozi Ebere has earned a late invitation to the Nigeria women’s side for today’s clash against Cote d’Ivoire, reports Goal. The 28-year-old, who played a part in the Super Falcons’ second-round triumph over Algeria, was surprisingly left out by coach Christopher Danjuma for the qualifier game against the Ivoirians.
After his side’s laboured to a 0-0 draw in Abidjan in the first, the interim tactician sent a late call-up to the veteran defender, who was subsequently granted release by her Norwegian outfit.
Upon receiving the call-up on Thursday, the former Rivers Angels star arrived in Nigeria on Saturday night and was well-received by her teammates at their base in Park Lane Hotel in Lagos.
Ebere’s immediate task in Nigeria colours will be helping the African champions get past Clementine Toure’s side at the Agege Stadium, Lagos.
She will be expected to have her first training session with the team during their final build-up on Sunday afternoon.
A second leg win will secure Nigeria a ticket to the fourth round of the African Women’s Olympic qualifiers, where they will take on either Cameroun or the Democratic Republic of the Congo next month.