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2024 Olympic Qualifier: Oshoala, Nnadozie, 20 Others To Face Ethiopia

2024 Olympic Qualifier: Oshoala, Nnadozie, 20 Others To Face Ethiopia

Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, and forward Asisat Oshoala headline a list of 22 players invited to the Super Falcons’ camp for this month’s Paris 2024 Women Olympic Football Tournament qualification fixture against the Senior Women National Team of Ethiopia.

Ethiopia will host the first leg of the second-round fixture in Addis Ababa on Wednesday, 25th October with the second leg in Nigeria on Tuesday, 31st October. Ethiopia eliminated Chad in the first round of the series as nine-time African champions Nigeria drew a bye.

The Super Falcons, who finished 8th at the 32-team FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand in the summer, also drew a bye to the third round of the 2024 Women Africa Cup of Nations qualification series, after Sao Tome and Principe’s senior girls scratched the tie. The Falcons will be up against their counterparts from Cape Verde in the third round of that series at the end of November.

Paris, France will host next year’s Women Olympic Football Tournament. The Super Falcons played at the Olympics in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

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Goalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC); Tochukwu Oluehi (Shualat Alsharqia FC, Saudi Arabia); Monle Oyono (Bayelsa Queens)

Defenders: Osinachi Ohale (Pachuca FC, Mexico); Comfort Folorunsho (Edo Queens); Oluwatosin Demehin (Stade de Reims, France); Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash, USA); Nicole Payne (Paris Saint Germain, France); Jumoke Alani (Edo Queens); Rofiat Imuran (Stade de Reims, France)

Midfielders: Halimatu Ayinde (Rosengard FC, Sweden); Peace Efih (Sporting Club de Braga, Portugal); Christy Ucheibe (SL Benfica, Portugal); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid FC, Spain); Toni Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Regina Otu (AS Saint Etienne, France)

Forwards: Omorinsola Babajide (Coasta Adeje Tenerife Egatesa, Spain); Ifeoma Onumonu (NY/NJ Gotham FC, USA); Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona Feminine, Spain); Uchenna Kanu (Racing Louisville, USA); Gift Monday ((Coasta Adeje Tenerife Egatesa, Spain); Opeyemi Ajakaye (FC Robo Queens.

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  • Greenturf 7 months ago

    I’m a big fan of Opeyemi Ajakaye..I think she’s going to be a big star!
    Meanwhile,Plumptre moving to the middle east keeps her out of the spotlight and out of the public eye,sadly so..There are many good female players in mainstream Europe waiting to be tapped.Plumptre knew this but the Saudi Arabia package always would be too tempting to ignore.I like her i think she had an amazing world cup was hoping for a big move and opportunity to have a huge star lead the super falcons from the back into the future.I was let down when her destination was made public,goodluck to her though.

    • Dear Greenturf,

      Permit me to say that you are rushing to judgement and arriving at inaccurate conclusions regarding Ashleigh Plumptre.

      According to information in the public domain, the Saudi Pro Women’s league will commence on the 13th of October. Hence Plumptre hasn’t played any club football since the World Cup. This is one way of explaining her absence from the team.

      I think once the Saudi Women’s Pro League kicks off, Plumptre’s performances will be covered by the online press. If she continues to be ignored with copious club games under her belt, then maybe you can reprise your speculations above. For now you are merely showing how bitter you are of her decision to move to Saudi Arabia.

      In the words of Dr Albans (adapted) , :”it’s her life.”

      • Greenturf 7 months ago

        Permit me to ask @deo,what country does Shualat Alsharqia fc located?

      • Greenturf,

        Was Tochukwu Oluehi in the last squad? The answer is no. She was still trying to bed in with her Saudi club. I think they are now in the position of releasing her. Additionally we don’t have an abundance of goalkeepers.

        My sense is, once the Saudi league kicks in, we will start to read stories about Plumptre’s performances which will then determine whether she is shortlisted for Super Falcons invitations.

        In the words of Take That: ‘Have a little patience’.

        • Glory Ogbonna, Ngozi Okobi, Ordega, Abiodun, Ebi out of this match

  • My own question is who released the list? NFF or Waldrum? I also see CSN has tried to be political about the ‘Who” in their report by stylishly avoiding it. Who will lead the team to Ethiopia?

    There’s a deafening silence there and NFF is still all hanky-panky about that subject. Anyway. hope it’s not Danjuma that botched our last Olympics qualifiers and handed it over to CIV? NFF is probably avoiding a backlash by skipping the part on who’s leading the team and must have instructed CSN and other outlets to keep that sealed.

    • You are very right. I have also been waiting to see who will lead the team. If it’s Danjuma then that’s an error. I thought Aisha Falode said that Randy’s contract ends in October so he’s to lead the team. I suspect the NFF released the team list as per who they want

  • Chima E Samuels 7 months ago

    Regardless of the strikers we are parading, we still don’t have a strike force or someone to create a strike force in this team. I hope we don’t continue in the defensive path at major tournaments.

  • What Does She Bring To the Super Falcons’ Table?

    One player that caught my eye in the list is newest striker from Tenerife. I am oblivious to the fact that she was even considering switching to Nigeria let alone going through the notoriously lengthy nationality switch process.

    I hope this is not an administrator blunder as she will be a top notch addition to further add firepower to the Super Falcons attack.

    The now 25 year old forward British Youth International gained notoriety after netting 14 goals for the University of East London women’s football team in their 40-0 bashing of another higher institution earlier in her career

    She is a junior world cup bronze medallist with our former colonial masters.

    The gifted centre forward, who is known for harassing defenders to give up possession with her physicality, is a masterful goal scorer blessed with pace and technically grounded in her craft.

    If it is true that she has surreptitiously switched allegiance to Nigeria, it will add another feather to quality-cap of the Super Falcons.

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