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Super Falcons coach Edwin Okon has invited four-time African Women's Footballer of the Year winner, Perpetua Nkwocha to the national women's team camp ahead of the 2014 African Women’s Championships (AWC).

Thirty players have been called for the preliminary squad with the team going to be pruned down before the tournament eventually starts.

The Super Falcons have been drawn in Group A of the AWC alongside hosts, Namibia, Zambia and the Ivory Coast.

Nigeria will be aiming to reclaim the AWC title when the tournament commences next month,having finished fourth at the last edition.

Veteran players: Precious Dede, Onome Ebi, Stella Mbachu,Evelyn Nwabuoku alongside Nkwocha have been drafted into the team,with some members of the Falconets who finished second at the FIFA under-20 also called up.

The most valuable player at the under-20 tournament,Asisat Oshoala is delighted with the progression she has made into the senior team

“Moving up from the Under-20 to the senior team is a completely different ball game. The football is different and the atmosphere too but I am sure we will do well,” Oshoala told supersport.com.


Invited players:

Goalkeepers: Ibubeleye Whyte (Rivers Angels), Precious Dede (Ibom Queens), Charity John (Rivers Angels), Juliet Obi (State House FC), Ohieriaku Christy (Oshogbo Queens)

Defenders: Blessing Edoho (Pelican Stars),Ebere Ngozi (Rivers Angels), Mariam Ibrahim (Nasarawa Amazons), Josephine Chukwunonye (Rivers Angels), Onome Ebi (FK Minsk,Belarus), Osinachi Ohale (Houston Dash,USA), Ugochi Njoku (Rivers Angels), Gloria Ofoegbu (Rivers Angels), Sarah Nnodim (Delta Queens)

Midfielders: Ngozi Okobi (Delta Queens), Onyinyechi Ohadugha (Rivers Angels), Chiwendu Ihezuo (Pelican Stars), Stella Mbachu (Rivers Angels), Asisat Oshoala (Rivers Angels), Cecilia Nku (Rivers Angels), Evelyn Nwabuoku (Rivers Angels), Halimat Ayinde (Delta Queens), Loveth Ayila (Rivers Angels), Gloria Iroka (Rivers Angels), Rosemary Okezie (Nasarawa Amazon)

Attackers: Desire Oparanozie (En Avent De Guingamp, France), Francisca Ordega (Pitea IFF, Sweden), Esther Sunday (FK Minsk, Belarus), Uchechi Sunday (Rivers Angels), Perpetua Nkwocha (Sunana SK, Sweden).


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