Brighton star dropped as Nigeria coach names World Cup squad

Super Falcons

Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby has named 23 Super Falcons FIFA World Cup squad as Brighton Hove & Albion forward Ini-Abasi Umotong dropped ahead of next month tournament in France.

Barcelona star Asisat Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie, Onome Ebi top the list of 23 players after the Swedish coach had taken 27 players to their pre-World Cup camp in Austria before cutting the list to 23 without any surprise.

According to a media statement from Nigeria Football Federation communications department, Dennerby also included Tochukwu Oluehi, Osinachi Ohale, Ngozi Ebere, Rita Chikwelu, Ngozi Okobi, Halimatu Ayinde, Rasheedat Ajibade and Francisca Ordega in the Falcons’ roster.

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Defender Chidinma Okeke made the cut, as did midfielders; Amarachi Okoronkwo and Evelyn Nwabuoku and home-based forward, Alice Ogebe but defender Josephine Chukwunonye and England–based forward Ini-Abasi Umotong were dropped.

The Super Falcons will on Tuesday, 4th June depart Austria where they have been on two-week residential camping for France, where they will confront Norway, Korea Republic and host nation France (in that order) in the group phase.

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Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (Rivers Angels); Alaba Jonathan (Bayelsa Queens); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels)

Defenders: Osinachi Ohale (Vaxjo DFF, Sweden); Ngozi Ebere (Arna Bjornar, Norway); Onome Ebi (Henan Huisanhang, China); Faith Michael (Pitea IF, Sweden); Chidinma Okeke (FC Robo)

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Midfielders: Rita Chikwelu (Krstianstand DFF, Sweden); Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (Eskiltuna United, Sweden); Evelyn Nwabuoku (Rivers Angels); Ogonna Chukwudi (Djurgardens IF, Sweden); Halimatu Ayinde (Eskiltuna United, Sweden); Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons)

Forwards: Desire Oparanozie (En Avant Guingamp, France); Anam Imo (Malmo FC Rosengard, Sweden); Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain); Chinaza Uchendu (SC Braga, Portugal); Uchenna Kanu (Southeastern University, USA); Rasheedat Ajibade (Alvadsnes IL, Norway); Francisca Ordega (Shanghai W. FC); Alice Ogebe (Rivers Angels); Chinwendu Ihezuo (Henana Huisanhang, China).

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