Super Falcons defender, Onome Ebi has revealed that her teammates are still pained and are yet to fully recover from failing to participate at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
She stated this as the nine-time African champions were preparing to conclude off a 9-day training camp in the Federal Capital, Abuja. The training camp that commenced on Monday last week would come to an end today.
“I can tell you that we still nurse the pain of missing out of the Tokyo Olympics as a result of the loss to Cote d’Ivoire in the qualifying series. This time, we will repay them in their own coins. Personally, I want to play in the Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup, and I know it is the same for my team mates.
“We will look to have periodic campings like this in order to be able to put forward the best of Nigeria women players for matches and championships at any time,” she said.
Meanwhile, head coach Randy Waldrum has commended the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for its continued total support for the team.
“I am very delighted with the support the Federation has always given to the team; this has helped our work. I am happy we had this training camp as we were able to see the home-based players and the overseas-based, and everyone bonded very well. It has been a marvelous experience and the joy among the players is palpable,” he said.
The Super Falcons will confront the Ivorians in a home-and-away final elimination fixture for the 12th Women AFCON slated for Morocco in the summer of next year.
Both legs of the fixture will take place in the month of February. It is at the Women AFCON in Morocco that Africa’s flagbearers at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand will emerge.