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Oshoala, Oparanozie For Olympics Qualifiers

Posted: Jul 1, 2015 at 2:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Super Falcons Interim coach, Chris Danjuma, has invited 35 players as part of his preparations for next month’s Rio Olympics qualifying fixture against Equatorial Guinea.

Oparanozie and Oshoala

Oparanozie and Oshoala

Top on the list of invited players is Asisat Oshoala and Desire Oparanoze who were part of the team that crashed out at the group stage of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Thirty-three others were also invited.

The players have been told to report to the CJ Planet Hotel, Area 1, Abuja on Wednesday, 1st July, ahead of the team’s departure to Port Harcourt for the first leg of the third round of qualifiers, coming up against Equatorial Guinea on July 18. The return leg comes up in Bata on August 2.

Danjuma, who replaced Edwin Okon on Monday, also invited Sweden –based defender Faith Ikidi, goalkeepers Tochukwu Oluehi and Sandra Chiichii, centre –back Joy Jegede, midfielders Amarachi Okoronkwo and Osarenoma Igbinovia and Sweden -based forward Sarah Michael.

There are also goalkeepers Precious Dede and Ibubeleye Whyte, defenders Onome Ebi, Osinachi Ohale, Ngozi Ebere, Evelyn Nwabuoku, Blessing Edoho and Josephine Chukwunonye, midfielders Halimat Ayinde, Onyinyechi Ohadugha, Ngozi Okobi and Cecilia Nku, and forwards Francisca Ordega, Esther Sunday and Loveth Ayila, who were in the team that lost out at group phase of the FIFA World Cup in Canada.

Equatorial Guinea is the only other country, apart from Nigeria, to have won the biennial African Women Championship, launched in 1998. The Guineans has won the trophy twice, against Nigeria’s seven times.

Other invited players are Charity John, Mariam Ibrahim, Onyinyechi Ohadugha, Chisom Henry, Gladys Akpa, Alheri Jummai Ayuba, Ginika Ike, Sherifat Sahid, Yetunde Adeboyejo, Winifred Eyebhoria, Ebere Okoye, Sarah Michael, Amarachi Okoronkwo, and Chioma Nwogu.