Abuja - Super Falcons are due to fly out of Nigeria on
Tuesday night for the 7th FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, with the believe they
can surpass their quarter final feat reached since 1999.
The contingent will fly out of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International
Airport, Abuja aboard an Air France aircraft at midnight, and arrive in Paris
on Wednesday morning before connecting another flight to Toronto, Canada.
Coach Edwin Okon and 10 other officials will travel with 26
players. Two others, Skipper Evelyn Nwabuoku and forward Francesca Ordega are
set to join the team at the training camp in Toronto.
Nwabuoku, who scored a screamer in the 8-0 demolition of
Mali in an All-Africa Games qualifier in Abuja last month, has recently been
hooked by Kazakhstan women league champions, while Ordega, who also netted a
brace in that match, plays for Washington Spirit in the USA.
Okon on Sunday dropped eight players, namely Chisom Henry,
Yetunde Adeboyejo, Chioma Wogu, Onyinyechi Okeke, Gladys Akpa, Ramatu
Abdulkarim, Winifred Eyebhokia and Chinaza Uchendu from the squad.
The Falcons have played in all previous six editions of the
FIFA Women’s World Cup, reaching the quarter -finals in the United States of
America in 1999.
Already confirmed for the African champions is a friendly
against the Senior Women National Team of Canada on 25th May. On the same day,
Okon will name his 23-woman squad to represent Nigeria at the finals.
The Super Falcons play Sweden in their first match of the
7th FIFA Women’s World Cup in Winnipeg on 8th June, with other matches against
Australia (also in Winnipeg) and USA (in Vancouver) to come in Group D.
Players headed for Toronto
1-Precious Dede, 2- Ibubeleye Whyte, 3 - Christy Ohaeriaku,
4- Sandra Chii Chii, 5- Onome Ebi, 6- Osinachi Ohale, 7- Josephine Chukwunonye,
8- Ngozi Ebere, 9- Blessing Edoho, 10- Sarah Nnodim, 11- Mariam Ibrahim, 12-
Ugo Njoku, 13- Evelyn Nwabuoku, 14-Perpetua Nkwocha, 15- Onyinyechi Ohadugha,
16- Halimat Ayinde, 17- Cecilia Nku, 18- Ngozi Okobi, 19- Esther Sunday, 20-
Loveth Ayila, 21- Chiwendu Ihezuo, 22- Desire Oparanozie, 23- Asisat Oshoala,
24- Francisca Ordega, 25- Iniabasi Umotong, 26- Courtney Dike, 27- Evelyn
Nwabuoku, 28- Francesca OrdegaFor
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