2022 AWCON: We are battle-ready for any team in Morocco – Onome

We are battle-ready for 2022 AWCON – Onome
REIMS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Onome Ebi of Nigeria poses for a portrait during the official FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 portrait session at Hotel Mercure Reims Centre Cathedrale on June 05, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by Gary Prior - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Super Falcons Captain Onome Ebi has said the nine-time African champions are ready to face any team during the upcoming Africa Women Nations Cup to be hosted by Morocco from 2 to 23 July 2022.

The 38-year-old defender who stated this during a Twitter Space organized by CAF on Saturday and monitored by our correspondent said she and her teammates had waited for four years for the draws.

It will be recalled that the draws were held on Friday and Nigeria was grouped in Group C with South Africa, Botswana and Burundi.

“I was glued to my screen as I watched the draws from start to finish because we had waited for the draws for a long time after not playing in the Nations Cup for four years. Been drawn to Botswana, Burundi and South Africa.

“I was not having any particular country in mind as the 12 teams that qualified are good. I have not played against Botswana and Burundi so I don’t know their strength. I am excited about playing South Africa in the first game as we are rivals.

“It will be interesting and I am excited to play against Burundi and Botswana for the first time. We are Nigerians and we are ready for any team, any time,” Onome said.

The Minsk defender who holds the record for the most FIFA World Cup appearance by an African further stated that it will be a battle among the 12 teams to qualify for the World Cup.

It will be noted that the tournament also doubles as the African qualifiers for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The top four teams will qualify for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

“It will be a battle to qualify for the world cup. No team is a pushover. We believe the best teams will represent Africa at the world cup. I have played 5 World Cup and players want to achieve that in their career,” she said.