Coach of the Senior National Women’s Team, Super Falcons, Eucharia Uche has invited 32 players to camp for next month’s London 2012 Olympic Games qualifying fixture against Cameroon.
There are six foreign-based players and 26 home-based in the invited group that is expected to make camp at the Millennium Hotel, Abuja from the first day of August.
Five of the six foreign-based players were part of the squad that finished in ninth place at the recently-concluded 6th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Germany.
Veteran forward Perpetua Nkwocha scored Nigeria’s only goal of the tournament in the 1-0 win over Canada in Dresden while defenders Faith Ikidi, Onome Ebi and Helen Ukaonu posted creditable performances. Midfielder Rita Chikwelu and forward Emueje Ogbiagbevba are the others. Ogbiagbevba scored a brace against Namibia in the earlier round of the Olympic Games qualifying race but was dropped for the global finals in Germany.
The home-based contingent is led by goalkeeper and skipper Precious Dede, and also includes goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi, defenders Osinachi Ohale, Rebecca Kalu, Joy Jegede, Josephine Chukwunonye and Gloria Ofuegbu, midfielders Glory Iroka, Francesca Ordega and Amarachi Okoronkwo, and forwards Ebere Orji, Desire Oparanozie, Stella Mbachu, Esther Sunday, Amenze Aighewi and Vera Okolo.
The Falcons will take on the Lionesses of Cameroon in the first leg of the fixture in Nigeria on Sunday, August 28, with the return leg in Cameroon two weeks later.
THE FULL LIST
FOREIGN-BASED: Perpetua Nkwocha (Sweden), Emueje Ogbigbevba (Russia), Rita Chikwelu (Sweden), Onome Ebi (Turkey), Helen Ukaonu (Sweden), Faith Ikidi (Sweden)
HOME-BASED: Precious Dede (Rivers Angels), Tochukwu Oluehi (Sunshine Queens), Ebubeleye White (Rivers Angels), Evelyn Nwabuoku (Rivers Angels), Osinachi Ohale (Delta Queens), Ebere Orji (Rivers Angels), Stella Mbachu (Rivers Angels), Glory Iroka (Rivers Angels), Desire Oparanozie (Delta Queens), Francesca Ordega (Bayelsa Queens), Rebecca Kalu (Rivers Angels), Esther Sunday (Sunshine Queens), Tawa Ishola (Sunshine Queens), Blessing Edoho (Rivers Angels), Josephine Chukwunonye (Rivers Angels), Amenze Aighewi (Rivers Angels), Joy Jegede (Delta Queens), Gloria Ofoegbu (Rivers Angels), Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons), Asisat Ishola (FC Robo, Lagos), Vera Okolo (Delta Queens), Edith Eduviere (Sunshine Queens), Chima Nwosu (Bayelsa Queens), Andy Lucky (Akwa Ibom State), Josephine Mathias (Rivers State), Nkiruka Ozoemena (Ebonyi State)