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Oshoala, Other Falcons Depart for Revelation Cup Tournament in Mexico

Spained-based Asisat Oshoala and Chiamaka Nnadozie, a long-time first-choice goalkeeper among other 21 Super Falcons would play in the Revelation Cup Tournament slated to hold between February 15-21 in the city of Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Colombia, Costa Rica, Nigeria and the host country, Mexico would participate in the tournament, SATURDAY PUNCH reports. The tournament is in preparation ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand.

Falcons’ Coach, Randy Waldrum had called upon 23 players for the tournament, including Captain Onome Ebi, Oshoala and Nnadozie.

The team would play their first match against Mexico on February 15, three hours after the opening match between Costa Rica and Colombia.

Two days after, Falcons would play against Colombia by 7 pm Nigeria time, before Costa Rica play against Mexico in their final game on February 21.

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Waldrum’s side who will tackle co-hosts Australia, Olympic champions Canada and the debutants the Republic of Ireland at what will be the biggest Women’s World Cup finals ever, this summer will also seek to end their winless run of five games when they play their first game, according to Punch.

“I think the current Falcons squad is loaded with so many talented players. There are a lot of players that have much to offer in the team and I am reasonably excited and hopeful,” Waldrum said. “Asisat Oshoala is in great form and we all know what she is capable of. When you add players like Desire Oparanozie, who is also very much in the mix, and Ifeoma Onumonu, Rasheedat Ajibade and Esther Okoronkwo, no doubt, we have so many effective weapons offensively.

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“I am confident that we can build something special with this squad. We have also got some bright players like Rofiat Imuran coming in, in her twenties, same with Tosin Demehin, to go along with experienced players like Osinachi Ohale. Ashleigh Plumptre has also been a great addition for us at the back. I think I love the strength of the team; it’s just about getting the best eleven to play on the pitch,” he added.

Waldrum believes transfers to bigger clubs and leagues involving some players would also increase the players’ confidence as they prepare to square up with the best players globally in Australia and New Zealand.

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