African Champions, Nigeria the Super Falcons on Tuesday morning landed in Atlanta, Georgia ahead of the 2021 WNT Summer Series.
The Nigerian contingent departed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos at about 10:45pm Nigerian time on Monday night aboard a Delta Airlines aircraft headed directly to the States.
After about twelve (12) hours airborne, the team which consist of ten locally based players and other officials landed in Atlanta, Georgia at about 10:25am (Nigerian time). They will be subsequently airlifted to Houston, Texas where the team will be based during the tournament.
Nigeria's WNT @NGSuper_Falcons already at the MMIA, Lagos on the verge of departure to the United States for the 2021 WNT Summer Series in Houston Texas.— Fisayo Dairo (@FisayoDairo) June 7, 2021
All invited 10 home based players in this contingent.#Team9jaStrong pic.twitter.com/jdaxiUuSxp
Rivers Angels forward Vivian Ikechukwu and Bayelsa United midfielder Joy Bokiri are among the Nigerian Women’s Football League (NWFL) Premiership stars on board with the team to the Summer Series. Invited foreign based players, including team captain Asisat Oshoala will join the team in Houston.
The WNT Summer Series tournament will run between June 10 and June 16, 2021 and will see the Super Falcons clashing with their Jamaica in Houston on Thursday, 10th before taking on Portugal three days later at the BBVA Stadium.
Their last match will be against hosts USA, four-time winners of the FIFA World Cup and four-time winners of the Olympic football gold, at the Q2 Stadium on 16th June.
Matches will be played at the BBVA Stadium in Houston and the brand-new, $240million Q2 Stadium in Austin, built by the newest club in the Major League Soccer, Austin FC.
Both cities are in the State of Texas and the clash between the Super Falcons and the US Women A team will be the first-ever football match at the state-of-the-art Q2.
Super Falcons head coach Randy Waldrum will use the tournament to prepare his squad for the forthcoming Women’s World Cup qualifiers against the Black Queens of Ghana.