Continent's heavyweights, Super Falcons on the march again. PHOTO CREDIT: Pulse Ng
Continent's heavyweights, Super Falcons on the march again. PHOTO CREDIT: Pulse Ng

Super Falcons Head Coach, Thomas Dennerby has invited 48 players to camp ahead of the Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) 2018 starting next month in Ghana.

Top on the list is ever-reliable duo of Asisat Oshoala and Desire Oparanozie. Home-based star, Rasheedat Ajibade too is not left out as well as Francisca Ordega.

'Superzee' prominent on list
‘Superzee’, prominent name on list

See full list:

Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (Rivers Angels); Christy Ohiaeriaku (Confluence Queens); Alaba Jonathan (Bayelsa Queens); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels); Onyinyechukwu Okeke (Edo Queens)

Defenders: Glory Ogbonna (Ibom Angels); Joy Jegede (Bayelsa Queens); Ugochi Emenayo (Nasarawa Amazons); Maureen Okpala (Confluence Queens); Mariam Ibrahim (Nasarawa Amazons); Sarah Nnodim (Nasarawa Amazons); Ngozi Ebere (Barcelona FC, Cyprus); Joy Duru (Nasarawa Amazons); Faith Michael (Pitea IF, Sweden); Onome Ebi (Henan Huisanhang, China); Juliet Lorliam (Nasarawa Amazons); Osinachi Ohale (Vaxjo DFF, Sweden); Josephine Chukwunonye (Asarum AIF, Sweden)

Midfielders: Osarenoma Igbinovia (Bayelsa Queens); Christy Ucheibe (Nasarawa Amazons); Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons); Ogechi Ukwuoma (Pelican Stars); Peace Efih (Edo Queens); Bashirat Amoo (Confluence Queens); Goodness Onyebuchi (Sunshine Queens); Nneka Julius (Edo Queens); Patience Agbokade (Sunshine Queens); Mary Anjor (Osun Babes); Ngozi Okobi (Eskiltuna UTD, Sweden); Rita Chikwelu (Krstianstand DFF, Sweden); Christy Adule (Biik Kazygurt, Kazakhstan); Halimat Ayinde (Asarum AIF, Sweden); Ogonna Chukwudi (Krstianstand DFF, Sweden)

Forwards: Chidinma Okeke (FC Robo Queens); Anam Imo (Nasarawa Amazons); Alice Ogebe (Rivers Angels); Joy Jerry (Bayelsa Queens); Chioma Wogu (Rivers Angels); 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); Ebere Orji (Mallbackens Lysvik, Sweden); Esther Sunday (Konak Belediyespor); Uchechi Sunday; Courtney Dike (Oklahoma City, USA); Chinwendu Ihezuo (Biik Kazygurt, Kazakhstan).

Kenya to replace E. Guinea at AWCON 2018

Meanwhile, in related development, Kenya’s dreams of playing in the AWCON have been revived after CAF banned Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday.

The Harambee Starlets had lost to Equatorial Guinea 3-2 on aggregate in the last qualification process, but the team through the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) appealed over the eligibility of six players who played a part in the qualifier.

Harambee Starlets players from left Sheryl Angach, Tereza Engesha and Mwanahalima Adam celebrate scoring against Equatorial Guinea in a 2018 Africa Women's Cup of Nations second round first leg qualifier at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on June 6, 2018. PHOTO | VINCENT OPIYO | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Harambee Starlets players from left Sheryl Angach, Tereza Engesha and Mwanahalima Adam celebrate scoring against Equatorial Guinea in a 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations second round first leg qualifier at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on June 6, 2018. PHOTO | VINCENT OPIYO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The decision was communicated by CAF through a letter sent to FKF on Wednesday.

“On the 9th of June 2018, Kenya submitted an official protest before Match no. 30, Equatorial Guinea vs. Kenya which was played in the frame of Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations – Ghana 2018.

“In their initial letter, Kenya was protesting the eligibility of 6 players. However, they only maintained their protest regarding one player: Anette Jacky Messomo. The player in question was allegedly of Cameroonian nationality and had played for several European based clubs,” read part of the letter sent to FKF General Secretary/CEO Robert Muthomi following a CAF Disciplinary Board hearing at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

“Considering CAF Statutes; CAF Regulations, in particular the Regulations of the Women AFCON 2018; and the CAF Disciplinary Code, the Disciplinary Board decides that Kenya’s protest is upheld.

A sanction of Sh1million (10,000 USD) is imposed on the Equatorial Guinea FA; and Equatorial Guinea’s Team is disqualified from the TOTAL African Women’s Cup of Nations 2018,” part of the letter notes.

The decision will see Starlets make a second appearance in the competition following their maiden bow in 2016 in Cameroon.

 

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