Super Falcons land in Mexico for Revelation Cup
Nine-time African champions, Nigeria, arrived in Leon, State of Guanajuato, Mexico on Monday ahead of the four-nation women’s Revelation Cup tournament holding from today to February 21 in that city.
Hosts Mexico, Nigeria, Costa Rica and Colombia are the participating teams at the tournament, which has the objective of preparing the contestants for the ninth FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand this summer. All four participating teams are headed for the finals Down Under.
The Super Falcons will play their first game of the tournament against hosts, Mexico, from at 4.00 p.m. Mexico time (10pm Nigeria time) today, three hours after the opening match between Costa Rica and Colombia.
On Saturday, the Falcons will be up against Colombia at 1.00 p.m. Mexico time (7pm Nigeria time), before Costa Rica squares up against the host nation.
Costa Rica will be Nigeria’s last opponents, both teams locking horns from 5.00 p.m. Mexico time (11.00 p.m. Nigeria time) on February 21, before hosts Mexico and Colombia draw the curtain on the tourney.
Nigeria will be up against co-hosts Australia, Olympic champions, Canada and debutants, Republic of Ireland, at what will be the biggest FIFA Women’s World Cup finals ever, as it welcomes 32 teams – the same number as the men’s finals.
The players in the squad are goalkeepers Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France) and Yewande Balogun (AS Saint-Etienne, France). The defenders are Onome Ebi (Levante Las Planas (Spain); Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves, Spain); Ashleigh Plumptre (Leicester City, England); Glory Ogbonna (ALG Spor, Turkey); Rofiat Imuran (Stade de Reims, France); Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash, USA); Oluwatosin Demehin (Stade de Reims, France) and Akudo Ogbonna (Rivers Angels).
Also in the team are midfielders Halimatu Ayinde (FC Rosengard, Sweden); Christy Ucheibe (SL Benfica, Portugal); Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (Eskilstuna United, Sweden); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Toni Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Jennifer Echegini (Florida State University, USA) and Regina Otu (AS Saint-Etienne, France).
The attack is led by Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona Femenin, Spain); Esther Okoronkwo (AS Saint-Etienne, France); Ifeoma Onumonu (NY/NJ Gotham FC, USA); Chinwendu Ihezuo (Rayadas Monterrey, Mexico); Francisca Ordega (CSKA Moscow, Russia) and Uchenna Kanu (Tigres Femenil, Mexico).