- Asisat Oshoala has been named among the 32 invited players ahead of the forthcoming Africa Women Cup of Nations
- Nigeria is drawn into Group C alongside South Africa, Botswana and Burundi in a tournament which starts on July 2
- Also on the list of invited players are team captain Onome Ebi, goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie and Rasheedat Ajibade
The coach of Nigeria’s Super Falcons, Randy Waldrum, has called on 32 players for camping as Nigeria commence final preparation for the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.
AWCON 2022 will hold in Morocco between July 2 and 23 and the Nigerian team’s camp will open in the hosting nation two weeks before kickoff.
In a statement by the Nigeria Football Federation, which was made available to journalists, Barcelona Femeni striker Asisat Oshoala was invited to lead the attack alongside Desire Oparanozie and Francisca Ordega.
Captain Onome Ebi, midfielders Rasheedat Ajibade and goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie also make the shortlist as the team’s camp is billed to hold on June 18.
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The Super Falcons who have won the tournament nine times are drawn in Group C alongside South Africa, Botswana and Burundi.
Full list of invited players
Goalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Tochukwu Oluehi (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel); Rita Akarekor (Nasarawa Amazons); Yewande Balogun (Coppermine United, USA).
Defenders: Opeyemi Sunday (Edo Queens); Glory Ogbonna (Santa Teresa FC, Spain); Onome Ebi (En Avant Guingamp, France); Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves, Spain); Ugochi Emenayo (Konak Belediyespor Izmir, Turkey); Ashleigh Plumptre (Leicester City, England); Nicole Payne (West Virginia University, USA); Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash, USA); Akudo Ogbonna (Edo Queens).
Midfielders: Peace Efih (Kiryat Gat, Israel); Amanda Uju Mbadi (Atasehir Belediyespor, Turkey); Halimatu Ayinde (Eskilstuna FC, Sweden); Charity Adule (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain); Toni Oyedupe Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Regina Otu (Minsk FC, Belarus); Christy Ucheibe (SL Benfica, Portugal); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain); Suliat Abideen (Edo Queens).
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Forwards: Anam Imo (Pitea IF, Sweden); Francisca Ordega (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Desire Oparanozie (Wuhan Chegu Jianghan, China); Vivian Ikechukwu (WFC Gintra, Lithuania); Chinonyerem Macleans (GSK Gornik Leczna, Poland); Chinwendu Ihezuo (Meizhou Hakka Club, China); Ifeoma Onumonu (NY/NJ Gotham FC, USA); Uchenna Kanu (Tigres Femenil, Mexico); Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain).
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The 27-year-old scored a total of 20 goals to win the Pichichi award ahead of a close competitor in Real Madrid’s Geyse with 19 goals.
The Nigerian striker missed four months of the season through injuries but defied the setback to emerge as the league’s top scorer.
Source: Sports Brief News