Nigeria’s Super Falcons head coach Thomas Dennerby has named a strong squad for the Africa Cup of Nations AWCON tournament which is set to take place starting Saturday 17 November in Ghana.
The provisional squad of 23 players will travel to Ivory Coast for week-long training where the team will play friendly matches before the final 21 players are picked. The squad has a good mix of experienced players as well as rookies. It includes rising star Rasheedat Ajibade, defender Onome Ebi and reigning African Woman Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala.
Oshoala, a former Arsenal player and a veteran of the tournament, leads a list of 14 overseas based players.
Falcons will be vying for the ninth African title and are placed in Group B alongside South Africa, Equatorial Guinea and Zambia, with the team listed to play South Africa on Sunday 18 November before facing Zambia three days later and finally, latest entrants Equatorial Guinea in the final group match five days later.
The final squad will leave the Asec Mimosas FC Academy, Sol Beni, for Ghana from Abidjan on 14 November to attend the tournament, with hosting team Ghana opening the tournament against Algeria on Saturday 17 November in Group A alongside Mali and Cameroon.
Nigeria's provisional squad:
Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi and Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels); Christy Ohiaeriaku (Confluence Queens)
Defenders: Glory Ogbonna (Ibom Angels); Ugochi Emenayo and Sarah Nnodim (Nasarawa Amazons); Ngozi Ebere (Barcelona FC, Cyprus); Faith Michael (Pitea IF, Sweden); Onome Ebi (Henan Huisanhang, China); Osinachi Ohale (Vaxjo DFF, Sweden); Josephine Chukwunonye (Asarum AIF, Sweden)
Midfielders: Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons); Ngozi Okobi (Eskiltuna UTD, Sweden); Rita Chikwelu and Ogonna Chukwudi (Krstianstand DFF, Sweden); Halimat Ayinde (Asarum AIF, Sweden)
Forwards: Anam Imo (Nasarawa Amazons); Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo Queens); Asisat Oshoala (Dalian Quanjian, China); Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit, USA); Desire Oparanozie (En Avant Guingamp, France); Chinaza Uchendu (SC Braga, Portugal); Chinwendu Ihezuo (Biik Kazygurt, Kazakhstan)