Awcon 2018 squad: Dennerby names Oshoala, but Nwabuoku misses out

Nigeria have announced their squad for the upcoming Africa Women Cup of Nations.

Coach Thomas Dennerby has included 10 members of the squad for the 2016 edition held in Cameroon, with Onome Ebi — who will be making her fifth appearance at the tournament –set to captain the team in Ghana.

She’s joined by fellow AWCON 2016 winners, Desire Oparanozie, Osinachi Ohale, Desire Oparanozie, Francisca Ordega, Halimat Ayinde, Ngozi Ebere, Ngozi Okobi, Rita Chikwelu, Faith Ikhidi and reigning Africa footballer of the year, Asisat Oshoala.

Rivers Angels midfielder Evelyn Nwabuoku, multiple AWCON-winner Esther Sunday and bullish right-back Ugo Njoku are left out.

Rivers United shot-stopper Tochukwu Oluehi returns to the tournament after missing the last two editions.

Third choice goalkeeper at Namibia 2014, Christy Ohiaerieku, is back to the AWCON squad.

Dennerby has also listed three members of Nigeria’s squad to the Fifa U20 women’s World Cup — Chiamaka Nnadozie, Anam Imo and Rasheedat Ajibade.

Nigeria women national team will open their campaign with a fixture against South Africa on November 18, before facing Zambia and Equatorial Guinea, who were on Wednesday reintegrated into the competition, after they won their appeal against Kenya.

THE SQUAD
•Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (Rivers Angels); Christy Ohiaeriaku (Confluence Queens); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels)

•Defenders: Glory Ogbonna (Ibom Angels); Sarah Nnodim (Nasarawa Amazons); Ngozi Ebere (Barcelona FC, Cyprus); Faith Michael (Pitea IF, Sweden); Onome Ebi (Henan Huisanhang, China); Osinachi Ohale (Vaxjo DFF, Sweden); Josephine Chukwunonye (Asarum AIF, Sweden)

•Midfielders: Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons); Ngozi Okobi (Eskiltuna UTD, Sweden); Rita Chikwelu (Krstianstand DFF, Sweden); Halimat Ayinde (Asarum AIF, Sweden)

•Forwards: Anam Imo (Nasarawa Amazons); Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo Queens); Asisat Oshoala (Dalian Quanjian, China); Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit, USA); Desire Oparanozie (En Avant Guingamp, France); Chinaza Uchendu (SC Braga, Portugal); Chinwendu Ihezuo (Biik Kazygurt, Kazakhstan)

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