Head Coach of the Senior Women National Team, known as Super Falcons, Kadiri Ikhana, has called to camp 53 players for a first phase programme that will begin in Abuja on Sunday, April 15.
The list of 12 goalkeepers and 13 defenders also includes 11 midfielders and 17 strikers. The players are expected to report to the Serab Legacy Hotel, Wuye, in the Federal Capital on Sunday.
Veteran goalkeepers Precious Dede and Tochukwu Oluehi; defender, Ulunma Jerome; midfielders, Akudo Iwuagwu, Martina Ohadugha, Glory Iroka; and strikers, Stella Mbachu and Shola Oyewusi are joined by young blood like goalkeepers, Dikachi Uzor and Chioma Nwankwo; defenders, Esther Udegbe and Regina McFancy, midfielders Tessy Biahwo and Blessing Ukeme; and strikers, Rosemary Okezie and Funmilayo Kuzebe.
The Super Falcons, holders of the African Women Championship title, will play off against Zimbabwe in a two-leg fixture to guarantee a place at this year’s finals, billed for Equatorial Guinea in November.
Zimbabwe will host the first leg of the fixture on May 27 with the return leg in Nigeria on June 16.
Goalkeepers : Tochukwu Oluehi, Chidinma Harrison (Bayelsa Queens), Mbalisi Ezenwe (Delta Queens), Dikachi Uzor (Delta Queens), Lizzy Johnson, Emem Samuel (Ibom Queens), Charity John (Rivers Angels), Precious Dede (Bayelsa Queens), Chioma Nwankwo (Pelican Stars), Apollos Nwankwo (Police FC), Christy Bulus (FCT Queens), Sandra Aernyi (Adamawa)
Defenders : Chidinma Okoro (Rivers Angels), Ngozi Ebere (Rivers Angels), Joy Jegede (Delta Queens), Regina McFancy (Rivers Angels), Ulunma Jerome (Rivers Angels), Alabi Elemese (Bayelsa Queens), Esther Udegbe (Bayelsa Queens), Faith Uno (Cerezo Queens), Oby Onyebuchi (Tokas Queens), Gladys Akpan (Sunshine Queens), Rose Ume (Nasarawa Amazons), Augusta Agwim (Delta Queens), Esther Okheuse
Midfielders : Augusta Agomo (Delta Queens), Akudo Iwuagwu (Delta Queens), Blessing Ukeme (Ibom Queens), Glory Iroka (Rivers Angels), Evelyn Nwabuchi (Rivers Angels), Osainoba Igbinovia (Inneh Queens), Martina Ohadugha (Rivers Angels), Gift Otuwe (Bayelsa Queens), Chioma Nwogu (Kogi Confluence), Maureen Eke (Delta Queens), Joy Enamuno (Inneh Queens)
Strikers : Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons), Amenze Aighewi (Rivers Angels), Mercy Amanze (Rivers Angels), Rosemary Okezie (Rivers Angels), Shola Oyewusi (Rivers Angels), Ijeoma Obi (Rivers Angels), Joy Nkoro (Nasarawa Queens), Mariam Aluko (Cerezo Queens), Abosede Olukayode (Cerezo Queens), Ngozi John (Kogi Confluence), Chioma John (Bayelsa Queens), Faustina Ngwuadu (Delta Queens), Adeola Akure (Sunshine Queens), Funmilayo Kuzebe (Osun Babes), Kafilat Afolabi
(Tewo Queens), Jumbo Nengi, Oluwafolakemi Ogunbiyi (Inneh Queens)
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