AWCON defending champion and eight time winner Nigeria have declared their readiness to face Cameroon.

The Super Falcon of Nigeria will do battle with the Lionesses of Cameroon in the semi-final of the ongoing AWCON in Ghana. A repeat of the 2016 final where Nigeria won 1-0 in Yaounde to lift their eighth AWCON trophy.

Speaking ahead of the encounter team captain Onome Ebi highlighted his side’s motivation for the game

“We are in great spirit for the semi final match with the Cameroonians,” said the skipper.

“We made our mistake against South Africa, and I think it was a great wake-up call for us.” She continued.

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“That defeat told us something: that we should never under-rate any team and that we must be ready to give our 100 per cent for every match.

 “We will give everything we have to get past the Lionesses and qualify for the World Cup, and then we can battle the final with whichever team we meet there.”

Midfielder Rita Chikwelu said they are ready to face anyone.

“When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Playing Cameroon will bring the best out of us. It will not be easy and it should not be easy. We knew before the competition started that if we must retain the Cup, we would have to beat the best and strongest teams out here.”

Nigeria fell to a surprise opening game defeat to South Africa. However, a 4-0 and 6-0 thrashing of Zambia and Equatorial Guinea respectively sent them into the semi final of the competition.

The winner of the semi final clash secures an automatic spot in next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France.

The skipper also spoke on their desire to not just earn a world cup spot but to equally retain the trophy.

We are not interested in the losers’ route, We want to get to the final and to fight to retain our trophy. We want both the World Cup ticket and the AFCON trophy.”

The match will be played on Tuesday by 4:30pm Nigerian time.

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