The Super Falcons have named a strong squad for the continental women’s football championship which kicks off on November 20
Nigeria senior women coach Florence Omagbemi has announced her squad to represent the country at this month’s African Women’s Cup of Nations in Cameroon .
The final team list is made up of three goalkeepers, six defenders, five midfielders and seven strikers comprising of 11 foreign-based and 10 home-based players.
Super Falcons captain, Evelyn Nwabouku will miss the continental showpiece due to injury.
The country’s delegation of 21 players and officials led by head coach flew out of the country on Wednesday morning.
Nigeria face Mali on November 20 at the Stade Municipal de Limbe, Limbe before matches against Ghana and Kenya respectively in the group phase.
Goalkeepers: Alaba Jonathan, Rita Akarekor, Ibubuleye Whyte.
Defenders: Ugo Njoku, Onome Ebi, Faith Ikidi, Ohale Osinachi, Ebere Ngozi, Gladys Akpa.
Midfielders: Osas Igbinovia, Ngozi Okobi, Halimatu Ayinde, Glory Iroka, Rita Chikwelu.
Forwards: Desire Oparanozie, Francisca Ordega, Esther Sunday, Uchechi Sunday, Asisat Oshoala, Chioma Wogu, Ijeoma Obi.
Meanwhile, Asisat Oshoala, the Arsenal Ladies’ forward, has admitted that the Super Falcons will miss injured Evelyn Nwabouku at this month’s African Women’s Cup of Nations, but insists the team will make her proud in Cameroon.
Nwabouku who captained the country’s senior women team to win the African women title in Namibia in 2014 suffered a leg injury two days after joining the team last Tuesday.
The En Avant de Guingamp midfielder had since been hospitalised at the National Hospital, Abuja before being discharged on Monday to continue with her recovery.
“It is sad she will not be available. We will certainly miss her,” Oshoala told Goal.
“She is definitely the captain of the team. She has done a lot for the team and sacrificed so much too. And she not been here, I won’t say it is a big blow for us.
“But we will try to find our way around it and work hard to make her proud in Cameroon,” she concluded.