19 September 2016
Nine-times Champions, the Super Falcons of Nigeria have been drawn against familiar foes, Ghana, Mali and debutant, Kenya in Group B of the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) to be held in Cameroun.
The 2016 tournament is the 12th of the Africa Women Cup of Nations, the biennial international football championship organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the women’s national teams of Africa
In the draw held in Yaounde, Cameroun on Sunday, hosts, Cameroun will face Egypt, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Nigeria has dominated women’s football in Africa since its inception on the continent having been crowned Champions a total of nine times. Equatorial Guinea is the only other nation to have won the continental title aside Nigeria.
Kenya are making their first ever appearance at the women’s finals in Cameroun. Enjoying an improved spell in their women football history, Kenya reached the final of the East and Central African regional event in Uganda.
The 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations takes place between November and December in Cameroonian cities of Yaounde and Limbe.
Cameroun is hosting the tournament for the first time having participated in 10 out of the previous 11 editions – only Nigeria has participated in all the editions.
Super Falcons won the last AWCON in 2014 after beating Cameroun 2 – 0 in the finals with goals from Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala.
Super Falcons is coached by former Captain, Florence Omagbemi.
A victory for Super Falcons will restore some pride to Nigeria’s football after recent setbacks.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.