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President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has challenged the Super Falcons to prove their class as the best team in Africa once again.

The Super Falcons have won the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations title nine times and are one of the favourites to claim the trophy in Morocco.

Randy Waldrum’s side endured a tough qualifying campaign edging out Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, two of the strongest teams on the continent.

Pinnick told the players on the eve of their departure for Morocco:

It is not much for me to tell you about the need to go all out there and conquer; it is something you are used to because you have the spirit, the energy and the aura of champions.

You have won this trophy nine times out of 11 and you have to go for the 10th with equal passion and desire.

Surely, there will be teams that would believe they can topple you from your throne; from your position as champions.

I have no doubt that you have the capacity to deal with every opposition and emerge champions once more.

Here is the Super Falcons’ confirmed squad as announced on June 24.

Goalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Tochukwu Oluehi (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel); Yewande Balogun (Coppermine United, USA)

Defenders: Glory Ogbonna (Santa Teresa FC, Spain); Onome Ebi (En Avant Guingamp, France); Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves, Spain); Ashleigh Plumptre (Leicester City, England); Nicole Payne (West Virginia University, USA); Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash, USA); Akudo Ogbonna (Edo Queens)

Midfielders: Peace Efih (Kiryat Gat, Israel); Halimatu Ayinde (Eskilstuna FC, Sweden); Toni Oyedupe Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Regina Otu (Minsk FC, Belarus); Christy Ucheibe (SL Benfica, Portugal); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain); Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (Eskilstuna FC, Sweden)

Forwards: Francisca Ordega (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Vivian Ikechukwu (WFC Gintra, Lithuania); Chinonyerem Macleans (GSK Gornik Leczna, Poland); Ifeoma Onumonu (NY/NJ Gotham FC, USA); Uchenna Kanu (Tigres Femenil, Mexico); Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain); Gift Monday (Bayelsa Queens)

The Super Falcons will face South Africa, Burundi and Bostwana in Group C in Morocco.

By Amara

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