Oshoala, Oparanozie, Nnadozie, 45 others invited to camp

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Super Falcons’ Head Coach Thomas Dennerby has called up 48 players for the first phase of the team’s camping ahead of the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ghana.

Ademola Olajire, Director of Communications of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Wednesday in Abuja said in a statement that the players comprised 29 home-based and 19 overseas-based professionals.

On the list of players who are expected to resume camp in Lagos on Thursday are reigning African Woman Player of the Year, Asisat Oshoala.

Other are ace forward Desire Oparanozie, goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie and defender Glory Ogbonna.

There are also goalkeepers Alaba Jonathan and Tochukwu Oluehi, defenders Joy Jegede and Onome Ebi, midfielders Halimat Ayinde and Osarenoma Igbinovia, and forwards Francisca Ordega and Anam Imo.

The senior women national team are Cup-holders and winners of eight out of the past 10 editions of the championship staged so far.

They qualified to defend their title in Ghana after spanking their Gambian counterparts home and away in their only qualification fixture.


Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (Rivers Angels); Christy Ohiaeriaku (Confluence Queens); Alaba Jonathan (Bayelsa Queens); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels); and Onyinyechukwu Okeke (Edo Queens)

Defenders: Glory Ogbonna (Ibom Angels); Joy Jegede (Bayelsa Queens); Ugochi Emenayo (Nasarawa Amazons); Maureen Okpala (Confluence Queens); Mariam Ibrahim (Nasarawa Amazons); Sarah Nnodim (Nasarawa Amazons); and Ngozi Ebere (Barcelona FC, Cyprus)

Joy Duru (Nasarawa Amazons); Faith Michael (Pitea IF, Sweden); Onome Ebi (Henan Huisanhang, China); Juliet Lorliam (Nasarawa Amazons); Osinachi Ohale (Vaxjo DFF, Sweden); and Josephine Chukwunonye (Asarum AIF, Sweden)

Midfielders: Osarenoma Igbinovia (Bayelsa Queens); Christy Ucheibe (Nasarawa Amazons); Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons); Ogechi Ukwuoma (Pelican Stars); Peace Efih (Edo Queens); Bashirat Amoo (Confluence Queens); Goodness Onyebuchi (Sunshine Queens); and Nneka Julius (Edo Queens)

Patience Agbokade (Sunshine Queens); Mary Anjor (Osun Babes); Ngozi Okobi (Eskiltuna United, Sweden); Rita Chikwelu (Krstianstand DFF, Sweden); Christy Adule (Biik Kazygurt, Kazakhstan); Halimat Ayinde (Asarum AIF, Sweden); and Ogonna Chukwudi (Krstianstand DFF, Sweden)

Forwards: Chidinma Okeke (FC Robo Queens); Anam Imo (Nasarawa Amazons); Alice Ogebe (Rivers Angels); Joy Jerry (Bayelsa Queens); Chioma Wogu (Rivers Angels); Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo Queens); Asisat Oshoala (Dalian Quanjian, China); and Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit, U.S.)

Desire Oparanozie (En Avant Guingamp, France); Chinaza Uchendu (SC Braga, Portugal); Ebere Orji (Mallbackens Lysvik, Sweden); Esther Sunday (Konak Belediyespor); Uchechi Sunday; Courtney Dike (Oklahoma City, U.S.); and Chinwendu Ihezuo (Biik Kazygurt, Kazakhstan)

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 11th Women AFCON will be staged in the Ghanaian cities of Accra and Cape Coast from Nov. 17 to Dec. 1.

The Draw for the eight-nation championship has been scheduled for Sunday.

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