Nigeria senior women’s coach Randy Waldrum has drafted five U-20 national team female players (Falconets) to bolster Super Falcons forthcoming double header international friendly against United States for next month, Abbeylivenetwork.com reports.
The five players include centre back and captain Blessing Oluwatosin Demehin, right back Jumoke Alani, left back Rofiat Imuran, and midfielder Deborah Abiodun and forward Esther Onyenezide.
According to SavidNews been monitored by Abbeylivenetwork, disclosed that visa hitches had seen Sweden based duo of Halimatu Ayinde and Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene as well Russia based duo of Francisca Ordega and Macleans Chinonyerem ruled out.
As expected, star striker Asisat Oshoala, who won a record fifth African Women’s Footballer of the Year in July, will also not make the trip as she continues to recover from the injury picked during the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.
Besides the five U20 stars, goalkeeper Christy Ohiaeriaku from Edo Queens, Robo Queens forward Monday Gift and Esther Ogbonna Akudo from Rivers Angels complete the list of eight local players.
With visas secured, the eight home based players and officials are scheduled to depart Nigeria for the United States on Tuesday night to unite with foreign professionals ahead of Saturday’s first match in Kansas City.
The nine-time African champions will battle the reigning World champions in their preparation for the 2023 FIFA World Cup, with first clash at the Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas on 3rd September and then have a go at each other’s jugular once more at the Audi Field in Washington, D. C. on 6th September.