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Nigeria confident of reclaiming title
Five time Africa champions Nigeria Super Falcons remain confident they will win the Africa Women’s Championships in South Africa next month.
The unveiling of the tournament logo and draws for the preliminary round were conducted in Ekurhuleni on Tuesday.
Nigeria is grouped with hosts South Africa, Mali and debutants Tanzania.
Defending champions Equatorial Guinea are seeded in group B which also features Algeria, Cameroon, and Ghana.
“We have rectified the mistakes that lead to our defeat against Equatorial Guinea two years ago.
The draw was conducted in a transparent and fair manner. We relish the prospects of facing hosts and strong rivals South Africa,” Uche Eucharia, the Super Falcon coach told SuperSport.com.
“We fear no team. In fact we are preparing to come and retrieve the trophy we lost two years ago.
The team is in camp and we will tour some Africa and European countries before we come to South Africa for championships,” says Eucharia.
The resolve and confidence in the Super falcon’s camp is shared with the team captain Precious Dede. She also witnessed the draws.
“We have just assembled in camp. There is a high spirit of enthusiasm among the players. This time we have a blend of young blood and experienced players like Stella Mbachu,” Dede assures.
The Super Falcons captain Precious Dede also witnessed the draws in Ekurhuleni. She is unruffled by the prospects of facing hosts South Africa in their second preliminary round tie after their opener against Mali.
“South Africa and Ghana have always given us a run for our money. Mind you South Africa has never beaten us. So Nigerian should remain calm in the knowledge that we have the right mix of youth and experience and will rise to the occasion come next month,” Dede assured.
Debutants Tanzania challenge hosts South Africa at the start of the two-week tournament on 31 October. The competition will be staged at the Sinaba and Makhulong Stadiums in Daveyton and Tembisa townships respectively.
Details of what time each match will be played have still to be worked out.
We aim to accommodate the needs of the television broadcast to ensure an increased viewership of the competition besides those who will fill the stadiums to see the action,” says Amr Shaheen, the Confederation of African Football marketing director.