Morocco 2022: Waldrum picks Ebi, Oshoala, Plumptre, 22 others | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News

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Head coach Randy Waldrum has picked Captain Onome Ebi and 24 other players to represent Nigeria at the 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Morocco from the 2nd to 23rd July.

The list of the nine-time champions is an interesting mix of the old guard and new blood, with veterans Tochukwu Oluehi, Ebi, Rita Chikwelu, Osinachi Ohale, Francisca Ordega and Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene on board, as well as defenders Ashleigh Plumptre, Nicole Payne and Michelle Alozie, midfielder Regina Otu and forwards Vivian Ikechukwu, Gift Monday and Ifeoma Onumonu.

Dropped from the contingent that made the camp in Abuja were goalkeeper Rita Akarekor, defenders Chidinma Okeke, Ngozi Emenayo and Opeyemi Sunday, midfielders Suliat Abideen, Amanda Uju Mbadi and Charity Adule, and forward Anam Imo. The team will confront South Africa’s Banyana Banyana in their first match of the tournament on Monday, 4th July before other games against Botswana and Burundi .

All four semi finalists at the championship in Morocco will qualify to represent Africa at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The Falcons’ contingent will depart Nigeria for Morocco on Monday, 27th June.Defenders are Glory Ogbonna ; Onome Ebi ; Osinachi Ohale ; Ashleigh Plumptre ; Nicole Payne ; Michelle Alozie ; Akudo Ogbonna

Midfielders are Peace Efih ; Halimatu Ayinde ; Toni Oyedupe Payne ; Regina Otu ; Christy Ucheibe ; Rasheedat Ajibade ; Rita Chikwelu and Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene while the forwards Francisca Ordega ; Vivian Ikechukwu ; Chinonyerem Macleans ; Ifeoma Onumonu ; Uchenna Kanu ; Asisat Oshoala and Gift Monday .


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