Algeria first to arrive, Ghana next

Algeria first to arrive, Ghana next
28 September 2014 09:28

Algeria are the first team to arrive in Namibia for the TN Mobile 9th African Women Championship Namibia 2014.

‘Les Fennecs Dames’ touched down at the early hours of Sunday, 28 September 2014, at the Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek, and were warmly received by officials of the Local Organising Committee (LOC).

The 38-member delegation includes 21 players, who will do battle for the Algerians, housed in Group B with Cameroon, Ghana and South Africa.

Algeria coach Azzedine Chih explained that the reason behind their early arrival is to acclimatize and continue with preparations for the tournament.

“We are here two weeks before we kickoff our first game and we want to feel the weather and just get going and see what we can do here. We are here to take our chances and see how far we can go. We have a tough group of Cameroon, Ghana and South Africa, teams with world cup and Olympics experience and we know what to expect” Chih was quoted by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) website upon arrival.

‘Les Fennecs Dames’ have lined-up two friendly games against hosts, Brave Gladiators of Namibia, to fine-tune their preparations.

In a related development, Ghana’s Black Queens are expected in later today via South Africa. The Ghanaians are estimated to arrive in Windhoek 13H00 local time.

The five others; Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia are expected from 7 October 2014, four days before the opening ceremony.

Hosts Namibia, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia are in Group A whilst Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana and South Africa make up Group B. 

The three top finishers at the tournament will represent the continent at the 2015 FIFA women’s World Cup in Canada.

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