Super Falcons’ Head Coach, Kadiri Ikhana, named a 21-woman squad on Tuesday for the two African Women’s Championship (AWC) qualifying games against Zimbabwe and the two-leg friendly tie against South Africa women’s team, Banyana Banyana.
Three-time African Female Footballer of the Year, Perpetua Nkwocha, joins Rita Chikwelu and Onome Ebi as the three foreign-based players included in the squad.
Meanwhile Chidimma Okoro, Joy Jegede, Regina McFancy, Abosede Olukayode and Shola Oyewusi were included in the national squad for the first time.
Ikhana explained at the press conference to unveil the list of players that the three overseas players will return to their clubs after the AWC qualifier with Zimbabwe, leaving 18 players to proceed to South Africa for the friendly game with Banyana Banyana on June 3rd.
The full list
Goalkeepers: Precious Dede (Bayelsa Queens, Captain), Tochukwu Oluehi (Sunshine Queens).
Defenders: Gloria Ofoegbu (Rivers Angels), Ngozi Ebere (Rivers Angels), Chidimma Okoro (Rivers Angels), Onyinyechi Ohadugha (Rivers Angels), Evelyn Nwabuiku (Rivers Angels), Onome Ebi (Atasehir Belediyesi, Turkey), Joy Jegede (Delta Queens), Gladys Akpa (Sunshine Queens), Regina McFancy (Rivers Angels).
Midfielders: Stella Mbachu (Rivers Angels, Assistant Captain), Rita Chikwelu (Umea IK, Sweden), Gloria Iroka (Rivers Angels), Akudo Iwuagwu (Delta Queens), Esther Sunday (Sunshine Queens)
Attackers: Perpetua Nkwocha (Sunnana SK, Sweden), Amenze Aighewi (Rivers Angels), Abosede Olukayode (Serezo Queens, Ilorin), Desire Oparanozie (Delta Queens), Shola Oyewusi (Sunshine Queens).