Super Falcons coach Thomas Dennerby has included captain Desire Oparanozie, Onome Ebi, Asisat Oshoala in his provisional squad for the final camp in Austria ahead of the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals taking place in France from 7th June to 7th July 2019, reports Completesports.com.
Dennerby also listed goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi, defenders Josephine Chukwunonye, Osinachi Ohale and Ngozi Ebere; midfielders Rita Chikwelu and Halimatu Ayinde, and forward and Francisca Ordega, who all played key roles in the Super Falcons’ ninth continental triumph in Ghana late last year.
Dennerby left out Courtney Dike from the Super Falcons squad.
Dike, a graduate of Public Accountant from the Oklahoma State University, also missed the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Uchenna Kanu, who has shown tremendous firepower at the ongoing WAFU Women’s Cup in Abidjan with eight goals in two matches, as well as home-based professionals; Amarachi Okoronkwo, Evelyn Nwabuoku, Chidinma Okeke and Chiamaka Nnadozie were also listed.
Nigeria’s final list of 23 players for the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals will emerge from this group of 27.
Four players will be droppes towards the end of the two-week camping in Austria, according to a report from the communications department of the Nigerian Football Federation.
Meanwhile, the African champions will depart from Abuja for Austria on Monday, 20th May for the Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf – the same facility where the Super Eagles had their final camping programme just before the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The Super Falcons will then depart Austria on 4th June to Reims, where they will start their World Cup campaign against Norway on 8thJune.
The Super Falcons are in Group A alongside France Norway and South Korea.
27 Players For Super Falcons’ Pre-World Cup Final Camp
Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (Rivers Angels); Alaba Jonathan (Bayelsa Queens); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels); Christy Ohiaeriaku (Confluence Queens)
Defenders: Osinachi Ohale (Vaxjo DFF, Sweden); Ngozi Ebere (Arna Bjornar, Norway); Onome Ebi (Henan Huisanhang, China); Josephine Chukwunonye (Kungsbacka DFF, Sweden); Faith Michael (Pitea IF, Sweden); Chidinma Okeke (FC Robo)
Midfielders: Cecilia Nku (Ferencvaros Torna, Hungary); Rita Chikwelu (Krstianstand DFF, Sweden); Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (Eskiltuna United, Sweden); Evelyn Nwabuoku (Rivers Angels); Ogonna Chukwudi (Djurgardens IF, Sweden); Halimatu Ayinde (Eskiltuna United, Sweden); Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons)
Forwards: Desire Oparanozie (En Avant Guingamp, France); Anam Imo (Malmo FC Rosengard, Sweden); Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain); Chinaza Uchendu (SC Braga, Portugal); Uchenna Kanu (Southeastern University, USA); Rasheedat Ajibade (Alvadsnes IL, Norway); Francisca Ordega (Shanghai W. FC); Ini-Abasi Umotong (Brighton Hove & Albion, England); Alice Ogebe (Rivers Angels).
By Johnny Edward