Oshoala, Ajibade in squad for upcoming friendlies

Super Falcons are expected to kick off their campaign against Canada on July 21

SUPER FALCONS Oshoala, Ajibade in squad for upcoming friendlies

Kolawole Babatunde 20:07 - 26.03.2023

Randy Waldrum has unveiled his squad for the upcoming friendlies as the Super Falcons step up preparation for the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Nigeria’s Super Falcons are set to play two games in April as part of preparations for the FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer. 

The Super Falcons will play World Cup debutants Haiti on April 7 before taking on World Cup co-host New Zealand four days later. Both matches will take place in Turkey at the Mardan Sports Complex. 

Super Falcons boss, Randy Waldrum unveils squad
Super Falcons boss, Randy Waldrum

Waldrum unveils 23-man squad 

Super Falcons head coach, Randy Waldrum, has called up 23 players for next month's international friendlies.

Barcelona’s Asisat Oshoala and Atletico Madrid’s Rasheedat Ajibade are the biggest names on the list, while Desire Oparanozie makes a return to the Falcons setup. Francisca Ordega was a notable absentee. 

Goalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Yewande Balogun (AS Saint-Etienne, France); Inyene Etim (Abia Angels, Nigeria)

Defenders: Onome Ebi (Abia Angels, Nigeria); Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves, Spain); Ashleigh Plumptre (Leicester City, England); Glory Ogbonna (Besiktas JK, Turkey); Rofiat Imuran (Stade de Reims, France); Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash, USA); Oluwatosin Demehin (Stade de Reims, France)

Midfielders: Halimatu Ayinde (Eskilstuna FC, Sweden); Christy Ucheibe (SL Benfica, Portugal); Toni Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Regina Otu (AS Saint-Etienne, France); Deborah Abiodun (Rivers Angels, Nigeria)

Forwards: Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain); Esther Okoronkwo (AS Saint-Etienne, France); Ifeoma Onumonu (NY/NJ Gotham FC); Uchenna Kanu (Racing Louisville, USA); Desire Oparanozie (Wuhan Chegu Jianghan, China); Gift Monday (UDG Tenerife, Spain)

Nigeria's Super Falcons will be one of 32 nations competing to win the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2023.
Nigeria's Super Falcons have won just one of their last eight games

Nigeria seek more wins in preparation for World Cup

Nigeria took part in the Revelation Cup last month, where they lost 1-0 to Mexico before beating Costa Rica by the same scoreline. 

The Super Falcons will now look to raise their level as they prepare for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Having only made it out of the group once since 1991, the Super Falcons will look to match that record at least in this year’s tournament.

However, Nigeria have been placed in a difficult group alongside co-host Australia, Olympic champions Canada, and the Republic of Ireland. 

The FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off on July 20 and runs until August 2023. The Super Falcons kick off their campaign a day later against Canada.