Cameroon arrive for Olympic qualifier

Cameroon’s women national team, the Indomitable Lionesses, flew into Abuja on Thursday afternoon for Saturday’s London 2012 Olympic Games qualifying match against Nigeria’s Super Falcons.

Pic: Cameroon's Bella Francois

The 28-man team arrived in Lagos just after midnight and was flown to Abuja in the afternoon.

Officials for Saturday’s cracker, which is the first of a two-leg final qualifying fixture for next year’s Summer Olympics Women’s Football Tournament, have also been flown into Abuja.

The match commissioner is Mrs Anastasia Tsichlas from South Africa, while the referees are all from Uganda.

Cameroon has pleaded for the second leg of the tie to be pushed to October as the Lionesses will take part in next month’s All-Africa Games Women’s Football Tournament. The return in Yaounde will now take place on October 22, 2011 with the winner qualifying to be one of Africa’s two flag-bearers in London next year.

The Falcons have been training in the Federal Capital for the past three weeks and Head Coach Eucharia Uche presently has 28 players in camp. Saturday’s match starts at 4pm, Nigerian time.

FALCONS IN CAMP: Precious Dede, Tochukwu Oluehi, Ebubeleye White, Evelyn Nwabuoku, Osinachi Ohale, Ebere Orji, Stella Mbachu, Glory Iroka, Desire Oparanozie, Francesca Ordega, Rebecca Kalu, Esther Sunday, Blessing Edoho, Josephine Chukwunonye, Amenze Aighewi, Joy Jegede, Gloria Ofoegbu, Amarachi Okoronkwo, Asisat Ishola, Vera Okolo, Edith Eduviere, Roseline Umeh, Emueje Oghiagbevha, Onome Ebi, Faith Ikidi, Rita Chikwelu, Perpetua Nkwocha, Helen Ukaonu.

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