By Harry Awurumibe, Africa’s No.1 Women’s Football Journalist
Five home-based Super Falcons out of the 26 invited by Coach Randy Waldrum and a handful of backroom staff who left Lagos aboard Ethiopian Airlines arrived Austrian capital, Vienna on Thursday evening to begin a week plus one day training camp as part of the team’s elaborate preparations for both the Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s Football Tournament and African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifier match against Ghana Black Queens billed for Lagos in September and October respectively.
Among the players who travelled from Nigeria to Austria are Bayelsa Queens goalkeeper, Onyinye Patience Okeke; Edo Queens defenders,
Among the diaspora players invited this time around are the duo of Swedish Josephine and Evelyn Ijeh, daughters of ex-Super Eagles player, Peter Ijeh who grew up in Ajegunle, Lagos and played club football for local clubs before going abroad to play in the Swedish top league. Others are Megan Ashleigh of Leicester City, England and Ninuola Dada of Watford FC, England who be will be part of Super Falcons the training camp in Austria.
However, the camp in Austria will be the third gathering that Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have arranged for the Super Falcons since 2021 even as the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick has revealed to the media that Waldrum and his players may yet return to USA later in the year for more preparatory camps to put the team in shape for the FIFA Women’s World Cup African qualifiers starting from October.