The Nigeria women's team, Super Falcons, seemed poised to make up for their recent 4-2 defeat to Bayana Bayana of South Africa when they play Ghana in a two-legged 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualification fixture this week.
The 11-time African champions were brought down from their high horses last month, losing 4-2 to their South African opponents in the final of the maiden edition of Aisha Buhari Invitational Tournament at Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos.
They will on October 20 host Ghana at the same venue for the first leg and four days later embsrk on a trip to Ghana for the second leg at Ohene Djan Sports Stadium in Accra.
The Asisat Oshoala-led team are looking to avoid a repeat of that historic defeat and are leaving no stones unturned to ensure they record a resounding result against the Black Queens, to restore Nigerians' confidence in them and render cosmetic result of the corresponding tie.
Sixteen players hit camp on first day on Monday to begin earnest preparation for the double header. They are; Tochukwu Oluehi, Onome Ebi, Regina Otu,Tosin Demehin, Rufiat Imuran, Vivian Ikechukwu, Onyebuchi Goodness, Akudo Ogbonna, Ayomide Ojo, Opeyemi Sunday and Gift Monday.
Others are Osinachi Ohale, Chiamaka Nnadozie, Glory Ogbonna, Joy Bokiri, Uchenna Kanu, Rita Chikwelu and Francisca Ordega.
The team will have their first training today by 4pm at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena. The exercise will be open to the media.
Meanwhile, Ghana coach, Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo on Sunday named a squad list of 22 players for the Nigerian trip.
Nigeria has won the Women's Africa Cup of Nations record 11 times and featured in FIFA World Cup finals eight times, making them the most successful team on the continent. Their dominance has been threatened of late, with South Africa recently claiming their scalp in front of Lagos fans.
The Randy Waldrum's charges now seem poised to reclaim their pride of place, and Ghana can only underrate the highly experienced team at their peril.
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