Equatorial Guinea have arrived in Accra for the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations, reports Footballlive.ng.
Coach Severino Besecu and his 21-woman squad touched down Friday after setting a training camp in Malabo.
The team will train on Friday afternoon according to sources close to Footballlive.ng.
“The training camp was very successful,” former Bayelsa Queens and Bobruichanka star Dialla Blessing told Footballlive.ng.
“All the players participated very well.”
Dialla added: “Everyone is very conscious of the fact that we need to perform in Ghana and for that reason everyone is showing efforts that she deserves to be in the team which makes it more competitive, which is good for us all.”
The two-time African champions were recently reinstated to the tournament by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) after they won an appeal.
The eight-team championship kicks-off on 17 November in Ghana.
Equatorial Guinea were excluded after Caf upheld a protest from the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) over the eligibility of Annette Jacky Messomo who played in the qualifiers.
Caf overturned the ruling and stated that Messomo was “eligible to play for the national team of Equatorial Guinea.”
Equatorial Guinea have won the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations on the two occasions when they served as hosts in 2008 and 2012.
The 2018 Women’s Nations Cup also serves as qualifiers for the World Cup with the top three finishers reaching France 2019.
But even if Equatorial Guinea finish in the top three, they would not qualify following a ruling by Fifa in 2017.
Equatorial Guinea are in group B alongside defending champions Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia who they will face in their opening match on 18 November.
Nigerian born Diala of Spuer Leonas and Ewaiso Ipola’s Gloria Okoro Chinaza have been listed for the tourney by coach Besecu.