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Super Falcons of Nigeria will rekindle rivalry with Bayana Bayana of South Africa at the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Rabat, Morocco.

The match which is Group C game opener will kick start without Nigeria first choice goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie who is suspended after receiving two yellows in different matches in qualifiers against Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.

The highly anticipating explosive encounter is billed for the Prince Heiritier Moulay Hassan Stadium, Rabat and Nigeria coach will make a choice from reserve goalkeepers Tochukwu Oluehi, based in Israel or Yewande Balogun.

Super Falcons the defending champion after defeating South African in the final at the last edition four years ago 4-3 on penalties in Ghana, looks like the underdog having lost the last two and won one outings against the coach Desiree Ellis led team.

Meanwhile, ahead of the encounter South Africa’s Coach Ellis, describes the match as biggest game,

“The first game of the tournament is always the biggest game and this makes it even better because it’s against defending champions Nigeria and because it is Nigeria, the game is bigger than what is supposed to be” Ellis told a press conference.

Ellis further stated that Bayana want to start well as they are aware the anticipated game is going to be a tough encounter against the reigning champion. Who are not champions for nothing!

The Nigerian team that will battle for the group top spot will play debutant Botswana and Burundi other teams in the group. And Desiree Ellis strongly feels the Super Falcons has been consistent over years which they need to emulate from the West Africa soccer hub by maintaining consistent performance and be classified amongst the best.

The South African Coach has dared their team to go for the three points and get the tournament to a good start.

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