Nigeria and Arsenal Ladies striker Asisat Oshoala celebrating after scoring a goal against Mali at the 2016 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Limbe, Cameroon. PHOTO: CAF
After demolishing Mali 6-0 in their first group match at the on-going African Women Nations Cup in Cameroun on Sunday, players and officials of the Super Falcons yesterday commenced preparation for the clash with their West African rivals, Black Queens of Ghana. The match will hold tomorrow at the hilltop Omisports Stadium in Limbe.
The decision by Cameroun to host the Group B matches here in Limbe is paying off as many residents now jostle to be part of the event. Limbe is hub of Cameroun’s tourism and is the most expensive town in the country.
While the Falcons won their opening group match 6-0 against Mali on Sunday, Ghana came from a goal down to beat the Harambee Starlets of Kenya 3-1 in a match the Kenyans accused the centre referee of partiality.
The referee awarded a ‘soft’ penalty for the Ghanaians to score their second goal, and changed her earlier penalty call for the Kenyans to a goal kick.
The Falcons said yesterday said they would not give the Ghanaians a chance in tomorrow’s game, but they acknowledged that the Black Queens are no pushovers.
The Falcons have been training very hard tom ensure they maintained their superiority over Ghana.
One of the measures adopted by the players and accepted by the officials is the decision that henceforth no player will have access to an I-pad or any smart phone that could constitute a distraction to her.
An official of the team, who pleaded anonymity, told The Guardian that “the players voluntarily submitted their phones and I-pad to the coaches and promised not to come for them until after the final game here.
“This is unprecedented in the history of Nigeria’s participation in international events. Apart from that, they have also agreed to now go to bed by 9.00 p.m., instead of the usual 10.00 p.m.
“This shows the level of seriousness they attach to this competition.”
Meanwhile, the games’ volunteers, numbering about 210, have threatened to disrupt the championship following an alleged neglect of their welfare by the local organizing committee.