Brighton & Hove Albion of England Ladies striker, Ini-Abasi Umotong was the first player to arrive at the Nigerian female national team, Super Falcons’ training camp in Austria, and she promptly played the role of specially welcoming other members of the squad on their arrivals.
Umotong had moved in earlier from her base in England, ahead of the Falcons delegation from Abuja, which landed at the camp base in Avita Resort in the Austrian city of Bad Tatzmannsdorf early Tuesday for a two week training sojourn, ahead of the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The delegation, which included nine home-based players, technical crew and administrative staff, left Abuja on Monday night aboard Air France to Paris, from where they linked Vienna on Tuesday morning before then connecting the camp site in Bad Tatzmannsdorf.
Nine overseas-based invitees joined the delegation at the airport in Vienna, thereby taking the number of players to 18, while Umotong was already awaiting their arrival in camp, which took the total to 19.
The team commenced training Wednesday morning at Avita Resort, the same facility that served the Super Eagles in their final training sessions towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Falcons’ coach, Thomas Dennerby has 27 players to watch over the days, but he has to pick his final squad of 23 by Friday this week, in order to meet FIFA’s deadline on team lists, after which the side will fly to France on 4th June, and prepare for their first match four days later.
Nigeria will take on Norway, Korea Republic and host nation, France in the group phase of the championship, with their first fixture coming up against Norway at Stade Auguste Delauney in Reims on 8th June.