By Ben Efe
Super Falcons captain Evelyn Nwanbuoku and defender Onome Ebi believe that Nigeria have everything going for them to win the Africa Women Cup of Nations starting November 9 in Cameroon.
The Super Falcons re-established their dominance of the Africa women’s game when they won their 9th title in Namibia 2014, even as they failed to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics. However, the players see the AWCON as an avenue to redeem themselves.
Nigeria will face Ghana, Mali and Kenya in group B of the tournament and according to Nwanbuoku the draws are most favourable to the Falcons.
“We are looking forward to playing in the final. It could be against Cameroon or any other team,” she said.
Ebi whose club Minsk FC faces Barcelona Ladies in the Euro Champions League stated that though no team should be underrated, the Super Falcons will go far in the tournament.
“In as much as we are the current champions of Africa, we don’t want to make that mistake of seeing any team as a push over. With a little bit of harder work we will do more than what we did in Namibia.
Meanwhile Kenyan captain Ann Oluoch Onyango says they are not scared of the Super Falcons.
“We are not scared of facing Nigeria at all. Yes we are underdogs but they will be more on pressure facing a team they do not know much about,” Onyango told BBC Sport.
Speaking about the body size and physical attributes of the Nigerian players, Onyango said what will matter is playing as a team and nothing will scare them.
“We know the secret to tame the West African sides,” she added. “We want to go and impress on our first outing in this tournament.”