The long existing football rivalry between neighbors Nigeria and Ghana is set to be rekindled at the third edition of the Flying Officers Cup in Abuja.
After failing to get the WAFU B Women's Chmpions League qualifier playoff title loss to Hassacas Ladies in Cote d'Ivoire, Nigerian champions Rivers Angels will be fired up for victory against their fierce regional rivals this time.
In Abidjan, Rivers Angels beat the Ghanaian side 2-0 in the group stage of the WAFU tournament at the Robert Champoux Stadium, but the latter avenged the opening loss with a 3-1 victory in the final of the competition.
Before the Caf Women's Champions League in November, Rivers and Hassacas could meet for the third time in the coming weeks as both WestA frican teams prepare for the continent's showpiece in Egypt.
The two teams alongside Aiteo Cup winners, Bayelsa Queens, 2020 Flying Officers Cup Finalist, Nasarawa Amazons and ten other clubs have expressed interest to participate in the third edition in Abuja, Nigeria.
General Coordinator of the pre-season championship, Dr. Victoria Nlemigbo Esq revealed that 14 teams made up of one Ghanaian Premier League team, eight NWFL premiership sides, three NWFL Championship teams and two NWFL Nationwide teams.
Nlemigbo said that additional two teams have also promised to send in their confirmation before the deadline given for signifying interest which will bring the total teams expected to participate to 16.
"For the first time in three years, the competition has attracted a team from outside Nigeria," she began.
"This is a recognition of the impact that the Ratel Sports Development Foundation is making and continues to make in the lives of girls using football as a tool for their development and empowerment.
"It is indeed special and we are ready to give our guest the very best of reception, football and enabling environment as they compete for honors. The preparation for the tournament have entered final stages and we intend to make it a memorable event.
"The theme for this year's Flying Officer's Cup is 'Honoring Our Fallen Heroes for Peace and Unity' and a special Award Ceremony will be held at the end of the tournament to honor and reward deserving individuals who have made remarkable achievements in various spheres of life , including sports particularly women football, and have been a great source of inspiration to the girl-child for over a period of time, "she concluded.
The teams are namely Adamawa Queens, Bayelsa Queens, Confluence Queens, Danaz Ladies, FC Robo Queens, Hasaacas Ladies, Honey Badgers, Nasarawa Amazons, Naija Ratels, Oasis Ladies, Osun Babes, Royal Queens, Prince Eletu Queens and Lakeside Queens, while two more teams are expected to confirm their interests.