Abuja - Super Falcons’ foreign-based player, Onome Ebi, on Monday joined two of her counterparts and others in camp ahead of the 2012 African Women Championship (AWC).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the championship, which is the eight edition, will be held from Oct. 28 to Nov.11.
A statement issued by the team’s Media Officer, Chisom Mbonu, said the Atesihir Belediyesi defender, arrived from Turkey on Sunday and immediately joined the team in training on Monday morning.
The statement said Ebi was excited to join her teammates in camp and delighted to participate in the training that was physically demanding.
"They have been in camp for a month and I have been looking forward to joining them. It is a very great feeling and I am ready to get to work.”
"My first training was awesome. It was very physically challenging, like I expected, but it was a great feeling. I was very motivated and impressed.
"It is always tough when I come home to train in Nigeria because the level is very high. The technical drills, the fitness part and everything, I really enjoyed it,’’ it quoted her as saying.
NAN reports that before Ebi’s arrival, there were two foreign-based players in camp. They are Emueje Oghiabehva and Ifeanyi Chiejile, and 19 home-based players, making a total of 22 players.
Perpetua Nkwocha, Rita Chikwelu, Helen Ukaonu, Faith Ikidi and Ogonna Chukwudi are all expected to join the team by Wednesday.
NAN reported that Ebi was part of the 2008 team that failed to win the AWC title in Equatorial Guinea, when the team was defeated by the host nation by a lone goal in the semi-final.
The Falcons finish in the third place after defeating Cameroon on penalties in the third-place playoffs.
The team reclaimed the title in South Africa in 2010, defeating Equatorial Guinea on their way to lifting the trophy for a record six times.
They are drawn in Group B with Cameroon, Cote d’ivoire and Ethiopia for the 2012 edition of the championship.