Abuja - Head Coach, Peter Dedevbo has released his final
list of 21 players for this year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup finals,
including Super Falcons ace Asisat Oshoala and former U-17 stars Patience
Okaeme, Halimatu Ayinde, Jiroro Idike, Uchenna Kanu and Yetunde Adeboyejo.
There are three goalkeepers, seven defenders, five
midfielders and six strikers in the squad that Dedevbo believes will stun the
world in Canada.
Dedevbo, who steered the U-17 girls, Flamingoes, to the
quarter finals at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup finals in Trinidad and Tobago
in 2010 and in Azerbaijan in 2012, has also included US –based college star
Courtney Dike, younger sister of Super Eagles forward Bright Dike.
The tall and spritely forward from Oklahoma State University
is the only overseas –based player in the squad.
Nigeria has featured in every edition of the FIFA U-20
Women’s World Cup, since the inaugural edition, also in Canada, in 2002.
The Falconets reached the Final in Germany four years ago
and also made the semi-finals in Japan in 2012.
This year, Dedevbo’s maidens will clash with Mexico, Korea
Republic and England in Group C, with the first two games coming up in Moncton
before they travel to Edmonton to slug it out with England.
Goalkeepers: Sandra Chiihii (Ibom Angels); Ibijoke Sangonuga
(Inneh Queens); Chiudo Ehiudo (Delta Queens)
Defenders: Ebere Okoye (Nasarawa Amazons); Jiroro Idike (Delta
Queens); Maryam Ibrahim (Nasarawa Amazons); Sarah Nnodim (Delta Queens); Ugo
Njoku (Rivers Angels); Victoria Aidelomon (Pelican Stars); Gladys Abasi (Ibom
Midfielders: Asisat Oshoala (Rivers Angels); Patience Okaeme
(Delta Queens); Halimatu Ayinde (Delta Queens); Yetunde Adeboyejo (Bayelsa
Queens); Osarenoma Igbinovia (Inneh Queens).Forwards: Loveth Ayila (Makwada Babes); Courtney
Dike (Oklahoma State University, USA); Uchenna Kanu (Pelican Stars); Yetunde
Aluko (Sunshine Queens); Chinwendu Ihezuo (Pelican Stars); Uchechi Sunday