Head Coach of Super Falcons Edwin Okon has named a strong squad of six foreign and 15 home based players for the African Women Championship (AWC) slated for 11-25 October in Namibia.
France-based Desire Oparanozie topped the list of six foreign-based stars that also include Perpetua Nkwocha, Onome Ebi, Ohale Osinachi, Esther Sunday and Francesca Ordega.
The coach also dropped 9 players from the Namibia bound team. They are Sarah Nnodim, Uchechi Sunday, Ihezuo Chiwendu, Loveth Ayila, Rosemary Okezie, Blessing Edoho, Mariam Ibrahim, Charity John and Juliet Obi.
The home girls who made the cut for Namibia are regular faces such as skipper Evelyn Nwabuoku, Asisat Oshoala, Precious Dede, Ibubeleye White, Stella Mbachu, Ngozi Okobi and Gloria Iroka.
Others who scaled the hurdle are Ngozi Ebere, Ugo Njoku, Josephine Chukwunonye, Gloria Ofoegbu, Nku Cecilia, Halimat Ayinde, Onyinyechi Ohadugha and Christy Ohiariaku.
Coach Okon confessed that it was not easy picking the final 21 players that will don the colours of Nigeria at the AWC, noting that all the 9 players he dropped worked very hard to be in the team, but because all of them cannot be in Namibia.
He revealed that he had settled for a mixture of youth and experience because there are no longer minnows in women football in Africa, stressing that he is optimistic that the squad he picked will reclaim the title for Nigeria.
“With the foreign-based players guiding the home girls, we sure have what it takes to win in Namibia. We are determined to reclaim the title we lost two years ago by going all out to ensure that we make no mistake”, Coach Okon said
Nigeria is drawn in Group A alongside giant killers Cote d Ivoire that eliminated champions, Equatorial Guinea, Zambia and host Namibia.
Falcon Full list:
Precious Dede (Ibom Queens)
Ibubeleye White (Rivers Angels)
Christy Ohieriaku ( Oshogbo Queens)
Osinachi Ohale (Houston Dash,United States)
Josephine Chukwunonye (Rivers Angels)
Gloria Ofoegbu (Rivers Angels)
Onome Ebi ( FK Minsk,Belarus)
Ngozi Ebere (Rivers Angels)
Ugochi Njoku ( Rivers Angels)
Evelyn Nwabuokn (Rivers Angels)
Onyinyechi Ohadugha (Rivers Angels)
Gloria Iroka (Rivers Angels)
Cecilia Nku (Rivers Angels)
Ayinde Halimat (Delta Queens)
Ngozi Okobi (Delta Queens)
Desire Oparanozie (En Avent Guingamp,France )
Perpetua Nkwocha (Sunana SK,Sweden)
Esther Sunday (FK Minsk,Belarus)
Asisat Oshoala (Rivers Angels)
Stella Mbachu (Rivers Angels)
Francisca Ordega (Pitea IFF,Sweden).