Head coach of the national senior women’s football team of Nigeria, Thomas Dennerby has named a 23-woman squad for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be staged in France from June 7 to July 7.
The Swede trainer kept faith with majority of the players that won Nigeria’s ninth Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AFCON) title in December 2018.
The list which was released on Friday, May 24 comprised FC Barcelona Femini star Asisat Oshoala, veteran defender Onome Ebi and forwards, Desire Oparanozie and Francisca Ordega.
While Oshoala will be playing at her second FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament, Ordega and Oparanozie their third with veteran defender Onome on the brink of making history as the first African, male or female, to have featured five times at the FIFA World Cup.
Coach Dennerby invited 27 players to their pre-World Cup camp in Austria but he later pruned the list to 23.
Dropped from the squad are Confluence Queens goalkeeper Christy Ohiaeriaku, defender, Josephine Chukwunonye, midfielder Cecilia Nku and Brighton Hove & Albion forward Ini-Abasi Umotong.
Below is the final 23-woman squad
Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (Rivers Angels); Alaba Jonathan (Bayelsa Queens); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels)
Defenders: Osinachi Ohale (Vaxjo DFF, Sweden); Ngozi Ebere (Arna Bjornar, Norway); Onome Ebi (Henan Huisanhang, China); Faith Michael (Pitea IF, Sweden); Chidinma Okeke (FC Robo)
Midfielders: Rita Chikwelu (Krstianstand DFF, Sweden); Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (Eskiltuna United, Sweden); Evelyn Nwabuoku (Rivers Angels); Ogonna Chukwudi (Djurgardens IF, Sweden); Halimatu Ayinde (Eskiltuna United, Sweden); Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons)
Forwards: Desire Oparanozie (En Avant Guingamp, France); Anam Imo (Malmo FC Rosengard, Sweden); Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain); Chinaza Uchendu (SC Braga, Portugal); Uchenna Kanu (Southeastern University, USA); Rasheedat Ajibade (Alvadsnes IL, Norway); Francisca Ordega (Shanghai W. FC); Alice Ogebe (Rivers Angels); Chinwendu Ihezuo (Henan Huishang, China)