Head coach Randy Waldrum has invited 32 players to the Super Falcons camp as the Cup holders prepare for a two-week training camp in Morocco ahead of the 12th Women’s Africa Cup of Nations to be held in this country, from July 2 to 23.
Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, defender and captain Onome Ebi, midfielders Rasheedat Ajibade and Toni Payne, and strikers Francisca Ordega, Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala are among those called up for the intensive two-week training programme.
Thenff.com has learned that training camp will begin on June 18 in the North African kingdom, with all players already advised to arrive in Rabat on June 17.
Nine-time champions Nigeria will play in Group C of the 12-team tournament alongside South Africa’s Banyana Banyana, Botswana and Burundi. Nigeria’s first match of the competition, in which the four African flag bearers for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will emerge, will face the Banyana at the Prince Abdellah Sports Complex in Rabat on July 4.
SUPER FALCONS FOR MOROCCO TRAINING CAMP:
Guardians: 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 (University of West Virginia, 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 Coruña, Spain); Toni Oyedupe Payne (FC Sevilla, Spain); Regina Otu (Minsk FC, Belarus); Christy Ucheibe (SL Benfica, Portugal); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Rita Chikwelu (Madrid SBB, Spain); Suliat Abideen (Edo Queens)
Attackers: 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 (Femenil Tigers, Mexico); Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain).