Faith Ikidi, Rita Chikwelu, Helen Ukaonu, Sarah Michael, Ulunma Jerome and Ogonna Chukwudi have all arrived to boost Eucharia Uche's squad. Nigeria, shorn of their top players when the respective European clubs held on to them, ended the first leg 1-1 in Abuja, leaving their qualification hopes hanging by the slimmest of threads. But coach Uche has now hauled in the heavy artillery, and the team say they are confident of victory. "We are ready to win and we will win," Gracious Akujobi, the team Media officer. The game will bring memories ofthe qualifier for the 2004 Olympic Games, when the Black Queens also drew 1-1 with Nigeria in the first leg game played at the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan. Two weeks later, a tense return leg also ended 1-1, and Nigeria advanced on penalties after even more nail-biting extra time. Star striker Nkwocha was in that team, but says the team are determined not to repeat that heart-stopping experience. "We won't let this get to that stage. We want to win the game as early as possible because we can't afford not to qualify." The match comes up on Sunday, and the winners qualify for the All Africa Games.
NIGERIA SQUAD FOR GHANA Precious Dede, Tochukwu Oluehi, Efioanwan Ekpo, Stella Mbachu, Osinachi Ohale, Perpetua Nkwocha, Onome Ebi, Faith Ikidi, Ulunma Jerome, Rita Chikwelu, Josephine Chukwunonye, Francisca Ordega, Amenze Aighewi, Helen Ukaonu, Ogonna Chukwudi, Ebere Orji, Desire Oparanozie, Sarah Michael