Tremendous Falcons Coach Randy Waldrum failed to ask former captain of the aspect Want Oparanozie for the upcoming Summer season Sequence tour of the USA of America, the place the nine-time African champions will play four-time world champions USA, Portugal, and Jamaica.
That is the second time in a row that the Dijon striker was not invited by Waldrum.
Oparanozie was earlier in February 2021 dropped from the record of gamers for the pleasant event in Turkey regardless of her sterling performances for Dijon within the French league.
Oparanozie exclusion raised eyebrows, with some followers insisting she was sidelined following her half in protests in opposition to unpaid bonuses on the 2019 Ladies’s World Cup in France, and never for soccer causes.
The 27-year-old striker has 35 caps for the ladies’s nationwide workforce, scoring 22 targets.
Of the 25 gamers invited, Waldrum stated solely 23 gamers will make the journey to the US, which means two gamers will likely be dropped from the provisional squad.
Group captain Asisat Oshoala, contemporary from changing into the primary African participant to earn a UEFA Ladies Champions Cup gold, tops the record with veteran defender Onome Ebi, youthful goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, midfielder Halimatu Ayinde and ahead Rasheedat Ajibade additionally referred to as. Waldrum has included 10 home-based gamers within the provisional squad.
“Matches will likely be performed on the BBVA Stadium in Houston and on the brand-new, $240million Q2 Stadium in Austin constructed by the most recent membership within the Main League Soccer, Austin FC. Each cities are within the State of Texas and the conflict between the Tremendous Falcons and the US Ladies A workforce would be the first-ever soccer match on the state-of-the-art Q2.
“The glamour event will run between tenth – sixteenth June and can see the Tremendous Falcons clashing with their Jamaican counterparts in Houston on the tenth earlier than taking up Portugal three days later on the identical BBVA Stadium. Their final match is in opposition to the USA squad, four-time winners of the FIFA World Cup and four-time winners of the Olympic soccer gold, on the Q2 Stadium on sixteenth June.
“The USA is the one one of many 4 groups within the Summer season Sequence that may compete within the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The match in opposition to Nigeria will mark the primary time the USA has ever confronted the Tremendous Falcons outdoors of a world championship and it will likely be simply the third-ever pleasant in opposition to an African nation, with the earlier two coming in opposition to South Africa,” an announcement from Nigeria Soccer Federation added.
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Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (CD Pozoalbense, Spain); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Inyene Etim (Abia Angels FC)
Defenders: Onome Ebi (Minsk FC, Belarus); Gloria Ogbonna (Edo Queens FC); Osinachi Ohale (Madrid CFF, Spain); Oluwatosin Dimehin (Sunshine Queens FC); Chidinma Okeke (Madrid CFF, Spain); Abidemi Ibe (Bayelsa Queens FC); Patricia George (Sands FC, Germany); Esther Ogbonna (Sunshine Queens FC)
Midfielders: Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain); Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (Eskilstuna FC, Sweden); Celine Ottah (Bayelsa Queens FC); Halimatu Ayinde (Eskilstuna FC, Sweden); Oyedupe Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Amanda Mbadi (Bayelsa Queens FC)
Forwards: Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain); Vivian Ikechukwu (Rivers Angels FC); Uchenna Kanu (Linkopings FC, Sweden); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid FC, Spain); Francisca Ordega (Levante FC, Spain); Present Monday (FC Robo Queens); Pleasure Bokiri (Bayelsa Queens FC); Charity Adule (SD Eibars FC, Spain)