Newly crowned BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year, Asisat Oshoala, captain Evelyn Nwabuoku including veterans Perpetua Nkwocha and Precious Dede are prominent on coach Edwin Okon’s final 23-man list for the 7th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals starting in Canada next week.
Top scorer at the 2014 African Women Championship Desire Oparanozie, defenders Onome Ebi, Josephine Chukwunonye and Ngozi Ebere, midfielder Halimatu Ayinde and England-based Ini-Abasi Umotong are also included, as well as US–based forward Francisca Ordega.
There was no place for goalkeeper Sandra Chiichi and 2012 FIFA Under-17 World Cup top scorer Chinwendu Ihezuo. Nigeria play Sweden, Australia and USA in Group D at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, with their first match coming up against Sweden in Winnipeg on Monday, 8th June.
Super Falcon’ World Cup Squad Goalkeepers: Precious Dede (Ibom Queens); Christy Ohiaeriaku (Rivers Angels); Ibubeleye Whyte (Rivers Angels)
Defenders: Blessing Edoho (Pelican Stars); Osinachi Ohale (Rivers Angels); Onome Ebi (FC Minsk); Josephine Chukwunonye (Rivers Angels); Ugo Njoku (Rivers Angels); Ngozi Ebere (Rivers Angels); Sarah Nnodim (Nasarawa Amazons) Midfielders: Evelyn Nwabuoku (BIIK Kazygurt,); Halimatu Ayinde (Delta Queens); Martina Ohadugha (Rivers Angels); Cecilia Nku (Rivers Angels)
Forwards: Perpetua Nkwocha (Clemensnas IF); Esther Sunday (FC Minsk); Asisat Oshoala (Liverpool); Desire Oparanozie (Guingamp); Ngozi Okobi (Delta Queens); Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit); Loveth Ayila (Rivers Angels); Courtney Dike (Oklahoma State University); Ini- Abasi Umotong (Portsmouth)