Rita Chikwelu and Desire Oparanozie are among top players named in the Super Falcons’ squad for the international friendly match against France.
Just days after the Super Eagles concluded the first phase of their 2018 FIFA World Cup actual build–up with useful encounters against Poland in Wroclaw and Serbia in London, and the U20 boys concluded a two –match tour of Egypt, the Super Falcons are also having a good kick with a prestige friendly against France.
The eight–time African champions are up against their French counterparts at the Stade MMArena in the city of Le Mans, France on Friday, April 6, 2018.
Falcons head coach Thomas Dennerby, whose maidens composed entirely of home–based professionals took third place at the WAFU Women’s Cup of Nations in Abidjan in February following a penalty shoot-out defeat by Ghana in the semi-finals, will have the complement of foreign–based gladiators as well when they pitch battle with France as from 9pm on Friday next week.
Nigeria’s 17–woman list includes Chikwelu, who captained the team to win an eighth continental title in Cameroon in December 2016, as well as big forward Oparanozie, the effervescent Francisca Ordega, nimble–footed midfielder Ngozi Okobi and home–based goalkeepers Onyinyechukwu Okeke and Chiamaka Nnadozie.
US–based forward Courtney Dike and Ordega would be first arrivals in Le Mans on Tuesday, April 3 – the same day the delegation from Nigeria will depart from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The Super Falcons will lodge at the Mercure Le Mans Centre.
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Onyinyechukwu Okeke; Chiamaka Nnadozie
Defenders: Josephine Chukwunonye; Ngozi Ebere; Faith Ikidi; Ugo Njoku; Osinachi Ohale; Glory Ogbonna
Midfielders: Rita Chikwelu; Ngozi Okobi; Ini-Abasi Umotong; Ogonna Chukwudi
Forwards: Francisca Ordega; Desire Oparanozie; Courtney Dike; Esther Sunday; Anam Imo