Rita Chikwelu Headlines Four Super Falcons Players To Watch Out For In Aisha Buhari Cup
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By Amaechi Agbo
With less than three weeks to the commencement of the maiden edition of Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s Football tournament in September, Super Falcons are posited to reassert their continental dominance in Lagos.
As the countdown begins for the prestigious Invitational it is imperative to take a look at the four key Super Falcons players to watch out for: Rita Chikwelu Asisat Oshoala, Onome Ebi, and Rasheedat Ajibade
Rita Chikwelu is another Nigerian professional who plays for Spanish club, Madrid CFF. She previously played for Umea IK and Kristianstads DFF. A midfield general, combative in the middle of the park with amazing skills, full of strength, Rita’s sense of creativity in the middle of the park is renown.
From 2006 to 2009 Chikwelu played in Finland for FC United. She was the top scorer of Finnish women’s league Naisten Liiga in 2009 with 22 goals
She made her international appearance nfir Super Falcons in 2007 and so far had 33 caps with 15 goals reward.
In 2020, she joined Madrid Club de Fútbol Femenino, Madrid CFF.
Asisat Oshoala is the reigning African Woman Player of the Year. She is a toast of all fans in African football. A role model in football for the upcoming players, her eyes for goal remains ever-sharp, no wonder she is playing in one of the biggest teams in the world, FC Barcelona. The former FC Robo Queens of Lagos goal-poacher will be the chief tormentor of the opponents’ defence when the Aisha Buhari Invitational Tournament gets underway in a few weeks.
Ebi is the oldest player in the team as well as the most capped player in the present Super Falcons’ squad. Her wealth of experience in the defence-line can never go unnoticed; she is a trojan in the defence with fabulous qualities such as aerial power and timing in tackling. Game-reading ability is her greatest strength. Above all, she is a leader on and off the field of play.
Rasheedat Ajibade is a product of FC Robo Queens who passed through the junior category before she finally graduated to the Super Falcons. She shone brightly for the Flamingos and Falconets. She is versatile, can play as a central striker as well as from the wings. Her versatility brought about the meteoric rise in her career as a professional footballer. She is definitely one of the star players to watch out for in the Aisha Buhari Invitational Tournament.
The Aisha Buhari Cup will commence from September 13 through 21 with the nine-time Africa Women’s Cup Nations, AWCON winners scheduled to play Mali and Morocco in Group A while Ghana, Cameroon and South Africa will square up in Group B.