Oshoala makes return as Waldrum invites 22 players for Nigeria clash with Japan in October

Head Coach Randy Waldrum has called up 22 players of the Super Falcons, including returning Barcelona star Asisat Oshoala, for next month’s international friendly match against Japan, Nadeshiko, in Kobe.

The team is dominated by the usual suspects but also welcomes four members of the U20 girls that reached the last eight at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica in August.

No spots for Falconets duo – Esther Onyenezide and Flourish Sabastine as Tosin Demehin, Rofiat Imuran, Deborah Abiodun and third-choice goalkeeper Nkiruka Obidinma, who earns her first call-up on the list.

There are first choice goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, defenders Osinachi Ohale and Ashleigh Plumptre, midfielders Regina Otu, Halimatu Ayinde and Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene, and forwards Uchenna Kanu, Gift Monday, Vivian Ikechukwu and Toni Payne. Plumptre, Otu, Ayinde and Okobi-Okeoghene will be making their returns also after missing out on the September tour of United States.

The match serves as continuation of the Super Falcons’ preparations for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand, and comes just weeks after a two-match tour of the United States of America, in which they lost 0-4 and 1-2 to the USWNT.

The match holds at the Noevir Stadium, Kobe on Thursday, 6th October.


Goalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie, Nkiruka Obidinma, Yewande Balogun

Defenders: Osinachi Ohale, Ashleigh Plumptre, Oluwatosin Demehin, Glory Ogbonna, Rofiat Imuran, Michelle Alozie

Midfielders: Regina Otu, Christy Ucheibe, Halimatu Ayinde, Peace Efih, Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene, Deborah Abiodun

Forwards: Asisat Oshoala, Uchenna Kanu, Ifeoma Onumonu, Gift Monday, Vivian Ikechukwu, Rasheedat Ajibade, Toni Payne

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