Super Falcons coach Florence Omagbemi has named a provisional 30-member squad to commence preparations for the impending Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2016 scheduled for 19 November to 3 December 2016. Omagbemi named only eight foreign-based players including England-based Asisat Oshoala and Paris Saint-Germain defender Egozi Ebere. Nigeria, which has qualified for every edition of the biennial tournament, just as Cameroon and South Africa, are housed in Group B alongside bitterest rivals Ghana, Kenya and Mali. The Falcons open their campaign against Mali on November 20, face Ghana three days later before squaring Kenya on November 26, all at the newly built Limbe Omnisport Stadium.
Host Cameroon, Egypt South Africa and Zimbabwe make up Group A. The West Africans are the most successful side in the championship, winning seven of the nine previous editions.
Ibubeleye Whyte, Osinachi Ohale, Gladys Akpa, Ugo Njoku, Chioma Wogu, Glory Iroka (Rivers Angels); Blessing Edoho (Pelican Stars); Osarenoma Igbinovia, Alaba Jonathan (Bayelsa United); Nkemakola Uwandu (Inneh Queens); Rita Akarekor, Alice Ogodo (Delta Queens); Seun Bello, Maureen Toyla (Confluence Queens); Nnenna Eke (Ibom Angels); Gladys Abasi, Sherifat Saheed, Yetunde Aluko, Ijeoma Obi (Sunshine Queens); Anam Imo (Nasarawa Amazons); Nnenna Julius, Chioma Nwankwo (Adamawa Queens)
Rita Chikwelu (Umea IK, Sweden); Ngozi Okobi (Vittsjo FC, Sweden); Faith Ikidi (Pitea IF, Sweden); Ngozi Ebere (PSG Ladies, France); Evelyn Nwabuoku (Avant Guingamp, France); Desire Oparanozie (Avant Guingamp, France); Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit, USA); Asisat Oshoala (Arsenal Ladies)
Note: Courtney Dike’s absence since the appointment of Florence Omagbemi as Super Falcons coach continues to bother us. She impressed so well in the games she has played for Nigeria. We hope her absence is for footballing reasons and not the issue of being home grown or not.