Nigeria have only failed to win the tournament twice since it started in 1998 (image courtesy NFF)

African champions Nigeria arrived in Cape Coast, Ghana, on Wednesday for the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Cup.

A team of 21 players and 12 officials flew an Emirates Airline flight from Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

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Thomas Dennerby’s ladies had camped for eight days at the Sol Beni Sports Centre, Abidjan.

The eight-time African champions will face South Africa’s Banyana Banyana in their first game in Group B on Sunday at the Cape Coast Stadium.

Group B also includes two-time winners Equatorial Guinea, and Zambia.

Host nation Ghana will take on Algeria in the tournament’s opener on Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The top three teams will represent Africa at the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup in France.