Super Falcons interim coach, Chris Danjuma has called up 35 players in preparation for the 2016 Olympics qualifying fixture against Equatorial Guinea. The players are to report to Abuja camp on today ahead of the team’s departure to Port Harcourt for the first leg of the third round of qualifiers on July 18. The return leg comes up in Bata on August 02.
The players listed include Sweden-based defender, Faith Ikidi, goalkeepers Tochukwu Oluehi and Sandra Chiichii, centre-back Joy Jegede, midfielders Amarachi Okoronkwo, Osarenoma Igbinovia and Sweden-based forward, Sarah Michael.
Others are goalkeepers, Precious Dede and Ibubeleye Whyte, defenders Onome Ebi, Osinachi Ohale, Ngozi Ebere, Evelyn Nwabuoku, Blessing Edoho and Josephine Chukwunonye, midfielders Halimat Ayinde, Onyinyechi Ohadugha, Ngozi Okobi and Cecilia Nku, and forwards, Asisat Oshoala, Francisca Ordega, Esther Sunday, Desire Oparanozie and Loveth Ayila, who were in the team that lost out at group phase of the Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada. Equatorial Guinea is the only country apart from Nigeria to have won the biennial African Women Championship launched in 1998.
The Guineans have won the trophy twice against Nigeria’s seven times.