Chikwelu, Oparanozie lead Falcons to international friendly against France
Just days after the Super Eagles concluded the first phase of their 2018 FIFA World Cup actual build –up with encounters against Poland in Wroclaw and Serbia in London, and the U20 boys concluded a two–match tour of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the national senior women’s team, Super Falcons is also having a good kick with a prestige friendly against France.
The eight –time African champion is up against its French counterpart at the Stade MMArena in the city of Le Mans, France on Friday, April 6, 2018.Coach Thomas Dennerby, whose maidens composed entirely of home–based professionals took third place at the WAFU Women Cup of Nations in Abidjan in February following penalty shoot-out defeat by Ghana in the semifinals, will have the complement of foreign–based gladiators as well when they pitch battle with France as from 9.00 p.m. on Friday next week.
Nigeria’s 17–woman list includes Rita Chikwelu, who captained the team to win an eighth continental title in Cameroun in December 2016, as well as big forward, Desire Oparanozie, the effervescent Francisca Ordega, nimble –footed midfielder Ngozi Okobi and home–based goalkeepers, Onyinyechukwu Okeke and Chiamaka Nnadozie.
U.S–based forward Courtney Dike and Ordega would be first arrivals in Le Mans on Tuesday, April 3, which is 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.
In the full list of players selected for the trip are ggoalkeepers Onyinyechukwu Okeke and Chiamaka Nnadozie, while the defenders are Josephine Chukwunonye, Ngozi Ebere, Faith Ikidi, Ugo Njoku, Osinachi Ohale and Glory Ogbonna.
The midfield is made up of Rita Chikwelu, Ngozi Okobi, Ini-Abasi Umotong, Ogonna Chukwudi, just as Francisca Ordega, Desire Oparanozie, Courtney Dike, Esther Sunday, Anam Imo make up the strike force.
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