Asisat, Courtney Dike headlines Falcons 23-player list
The Coach of Super Falcons Edwin Okon in Canada, made his final cut of 23 players who will represent the West African Nation in Canada. The reigning African champions who were the second team to arrive Canada ahead of the mundial in June were made up of 26 players and it was stated that three will be dropped from the provisional list.
Those three include Goalkeeper Sandra ChiiChi, Defender Mariam Ibrahim and 2012 FIFA U-17 World Cup top scorer, Chiwendu Ihezuo.
On the flip side, current BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year and Liverpool Ladies forward Asisat Oshoala made the list alongside FIFA U20 fastest goal scorer, Courtney Dike as well as the top Scorer at the 2014 African Women Championship, Desire Oparanozie. Other notable inclusions include Washington Spirit’s Francesca, veteran goalkeeper Precious Dede and Kazakhstan-based captain, Evelyn Nwabuoku.
Nigeria will face Sweden, Australia and the USA in Group D at the 7th FIFA Women’s World Cup, with their first match against Sweden in Winnipeg on Monday, 8th June.
THE FULL LIST
Precious Dede (Ibom Queens);
Christy Ohaeriaku (Rivers Angels);
Ibubeleye Whyte (Rivers Angels).
Blessing Edoho (Pelican Stars);
Osinachi Ohale (Rivers Angels);
Onome Ebi (FC Minsk, Belarus);
Josephine Chukwunonye (Rivers Angels);
Ugo Njoku (Rivers Angels);
Ngozi Ebere (Rivers Angels);
Sarah Nnodim (Nasarawa Amazons).
Evelyn Nwabuoku (BIIK Kazygurt, Kazakhstan);
Halimatu Ayinde (Delta Queens);
Martina Ohadugha (Rivers Angels);
Cecilia Nku (Rivers Angels).
Perpetua Nkwocha (Clemensas IF, Sweden);
Esther Sunday (FC Minsk, Belarus);
Asisat Oshoala (Liverpool Ladies, England);
Desire Oparanozie (En Avant Guingamp, France);
Ngozi Okobi (Delta Queens);
Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit, USA);
Loveth Ayila (Rivers Angels);
Courtney Dike (Oklahoma State University, USA);
Ini-Abasi Umotong (Portsmouth Ladies, England)
‘Janine is a TV/Radio Sports Presenter/Correspondent and Web reporter for SPORTON Nigeria. She also covers Africa Women’s football for various portals including the NFF (Nigeria Football Federation) and The Women’s Game