‘Grateful for the opportunity’ – TiPS striker reacts to maiden Super Falcons call-up

TiPS striker Roosa Ariyo has received a late call-up to the Super Falcons ahead of this week’s four-nation women’s invitational tournament in Houston, Texas.

Nigeria manager Randy Waldrum is short on personnel at key positions following the withdrawals of players due to varying reasons for the 10-day competition, also featuring Jamaica, Portugal and United States of America from June 7 to 17, 2021.

With Linkopings striker Uchenna Kanu finding herself at the mercy of logistic challenges, the Finnish born forward completes the eight-player attacking list of Waldrum’s squad.

Following her late invitation which came on Friday, the 26-year-old says she is delighted to be handed a chance to play for the nine-time African champions.

“Going to the new week like,” Ariyo posted on her official instagram handle on Monday.

“For those of you wondering what’s going on, I got a surprise call up to play at the US summer series with the Nigeria’s Super Falcons.

“Over the next week and a half, we’ll be facing Jamaica 🇯🇲, Portugal 🇵🇹, and USA 🇺🇸 in Texas.
Super excited and grateful for the opportunity.”

Ariyo, who has been in fine form, scoring eighth in eight games was born in Finland to a Finnish mother and Nigerian father, though whom she is eligible to play for Nigeria.

She will hope to make a huge success with the Super Falcons when they begin their campaign against Jamaica at BBVA Stadium in Houston on June 10, followed by a meeting with Portugal three days later before traveling to Austin’s Q2 stadium to face world champions USA.

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