The Super Falcons of Nigeria have undergone their first training under new coach Randy Waldrum at the Emir Hotels Sports Complex ahead of Thursday’s opening match against CSKA Moscow.
This is also the Falcons first training session since October 2019 after they were eliminated from the Olympic Games qualifiers by Cote d’Ivoire at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.
Foreign based stars such as Turkey-based duo of ALG Spor striker, Esther Sunday and Adana Idmanyurduspor midfielder Ramat Abdulkareem underwent a light recovery session.
The Nigeria-based contingents arrived in Turkey from Lagos on Monday for the tournament which is scheduled to begin from February 15-24.
On arrival, they were joined by head coach Randy Waldrum and captain Asisat Oshoala at the Emir Hotels.
Meanwhile, four players have withdrawn from the Turkish Women’s Cup, which starts this week in Alanya.
Atletico Madrid forward Rasheedat Ajibade and Benfica midfielder Christy Ucheibe pulled out due to administrative reasons, while Paris FC goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie and Sweden-based Ngozi Okobi are injured.
The nine-time African champions will open the tournament on Wednesday against Russian champions CSKA Moscow, who replaced Zambia.
The Super Falcons will aim to become the first African side to triumph at the tournament, following the third-place finish by Ghana’s Black Queens last year. Chile won the trophy and Hungary came in as the runner-up.
They will then tackle Uzbekistan on Friday, before they play their final group game against fellow Africans Equatorial Guinea on February 23.