Coach of the Senior National Women’s Team, Super Falcons, Eucharia Uche has invited 32 players to camp for next month’s London 2012 Olympic Games qualifying fixture against Cameroon.
There are six foreign-based players and 26 home-based in the invited group that is expected to make camp at the Millennium Hotel, Abuja from the first day of August.
Five of the six foreign-based players were part of the squad that finished in ninth place at the recently-concluded 6th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Germany.
Veteran forward Perpetua Nkwocha scored Nigeria’s only goal of the tournament in the 1-0 win over Canada in Dresden while defenders Faith Ikidi, Onome Ebi and Helen Ukaonu posted creditable performances. Midfielder Rita Chikwelu and forward Emueje Ogbiagbevba are the others. Ogbiagbevba scored a brace against Namibia in the earlier round of the Olympic Games qualifying race but was dropped for the global finals in Germany.
The home-based contingent is led by goalkeeper and skipper Precious Dede, and also includes goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi, defenders Osinachi Ohale, Rebecca Kalu, Joy Jegede, Josephine Chukwunonye and Gloria Ofuegbu, midfielders Glory Iroka, Francesca Ordega and Amarachi Okoronkwo, and forwards Ebere Orji, Desire Oparanozie, Stella Mbachu, Esther Sunday, Amenze Aighewi and Vera Okolo.
The Falcons will take on the Lionesses of Cameroon in the first leg of the fixture in Nigeria on Sunday, August 28, with the return leg in Cameroon two weeks later.