Super Falcons name provisional squad for Women’s World Cup

    Desire Oparanozie of Nigeria shooting to goal front Erin Mcleod of Canada during the international friendly match between Canada W and Nigeria W at Pinatar Arena on April 08, 2019 in San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain. (Photo by Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

    Nigeria have named a squad of 27 players for a final training camp in Austria ahead of next month’s Women’s World Cup in France.

    The bulk of the selection is from the team who won a record ninth African women’s championship in Ghana last year.

    Three-time African Player of the Year Asisat Oshoala from FC Barcelona Ladies’ team as well as France-based striker Desire Oparanozie are on the squad.

    The team will depart Abuja for Austria on May 20 for the Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf – the same facility where the Super Eagles had their final camping programme just before the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

    The Super Falcons will leave Austria June 4 directly to Reims, where they open their World Cup campaign against Norway four days later.

    The full squad:

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

    Defenders: Osinachi Ohale (Vaxjo DFF/SWE), Ngozi Ebere (Arna Bjornar/NOR), Onome Ebi (Henan Huisanhang/CHN), Josephine Chukwunonye (Kungsbacka DFF/SWE), Faith Michael (Pitea IF/SWE), Chidinma Okeke (FC Robo)

    Midfielders: Cecilia Nku (Ferencvaros Torna/HGY), Rita Chikwelu (Krstianstand DFF/SWE), Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (Eskiltuna United/SWE), Evelyn Nwabuoku (Rivers Angels), Ogonna Chukwudi (Djurgardens IF/SWE), Halimatu Ayinde (Eskiltuna United/SWE); Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons)

    Forwards: Desire Oparanozie (En Avant Guingamp/FRA), Anam Imo (Malmo FC Rosengard/SWE), Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona/SPA), Chinaza Uchendu (SC Braga/POR); Uchenna Kanu (Southeastern University, USA); Rasheedat Ajibade (Alvadsnes IL/NOR);, Francisca Ordega (Shanghai W. FC/CHN), Ini-Abasi Umotong (Brighton Hove & Albion/ENG), Alice Ogebe (Rivers Angels)


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