The reigning African queens have appointed a strong team for the competition to be held in Lagos this month
Randy Waldrum, the coach of the national team women’s team, invited 23 players for their Aisha Buhari Cup campaign.
The Super Falcons tackle Morocco and Mali in Group A of the preliminary round of the championship.
For a successful outing, Waldrum has selected a strong team consisting of 18 foreign professionals and only five players doing their job in the Nigeria Women Football League.
Rasheedat Ajibade, Atletico Madrid, along with Barcelona star Asisat Oshoala, and Sevilla’s Tony Payne, as well as Rita Chikwelu of Madrid CFF.
Also in the team are veteran defender Onome Ebi, Minsk FC’s Regina Out, Michelle Alozie from Houston Dash with 34-year-old Faith Ikidi returning to the Nigerian team.
Nigeria begin their quest for honors against the Atlas Lions on September 13 at the Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Onikan, before trying to match the Malians two days later.
The competition is organized in honor of Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari, and will be a week – long event in Lagos.
The tournament is expected to prepare Nigeria for the 2022 Awcon qualifiers against Ghana in October. They were unable to secure a win in three games played in the US Summer Series in June.
There, Waldrum’s women suffered a 1-0 defeat against Jamaica, followed by a 3-3 draw against Portugal before losing 2-0 to the four-time winners of the World Cup in the United States. .
SUPER FALCONS Full list
Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Yewande Balogun (California Storm, USA)
Defenders: Onome Ebi (Minsk FC, Belarus); Glory Ogbonna (Umea FC, Sweden); Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves, Spain); Faith Ikidi (Pitea DFF, Sweden); Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash, USA); Edo Queens; Oluwatosin Demehin (Rivers Angels)
Midfielders: Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain); Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (Eskilstuna United, Sweden); Tony Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Regina Otu (Minsk FC, Belarus); Goodness Onyebuchi (Edo Queens); Joy Bokiri (AIK Sweden FC, Sweden)
Forwards: Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Francisca Ordega (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Gift Monday (FC Robo Queens); Uchenna Kanu (Linkopings FC, Sweden); Desire Oparanozie (Dijon FC, France); Esther Okoronkwo (Saint Etienne, France)