Nigeria finalise squad for Women's Africa Cup of Nations

By Oluwashina OkelejiFootball Writer, USA
Nigeria's Asisat Oshoala at the 2015 Women's World Cup
Nigeria's Asisat Oshoala plays her club football in China for Dalian Quanjian

Nigeria have finalised a strong squad for their Women's Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Ghana later this month.

Reigning African footballer of the year Asisat Oshoala leads a cast of 13-overseas based players in the Super Falcons squad.

Rising star Rasheedat Ajibade is also retained on the final list, as Nigeria aim for a ninth title.

There is also the added incentive of the top three in Ghana qualifying for next year's World Cup in France.

Nasarawa Amazons' Ugochi Emenayo and Sweden-based Ogonna Chukwudi missed out from Swedish coach Thomas Dennerby's provisional squadexternal-link of 23.

Experienced defender Onome Ebi is set to play in her fifth tournament.

Osinachi Ohale could also feature, eight years after competing for the Super Falcons in the 2010 event.

The squad landed in Ivory Coast on Tuesday for a week long training camp where they are scheduled to play some friendly matches.They are expected to depart the Asec Mimosas FC academy, Sol Beni, for Ghana from Abidjan on 14 November.

Defending champions Nigeria will open their Group B campaign against South Africa on 18 November before facing Zambia three days later and Kenya in the final match on 24 November.

Hosts Ghana open the tournament against Algeria on 17 November in Group A of the eight-team Africa Cup of Nations alongside Mali and Cameroon

Dennerby's focus will be to extend Nigeria's dominance on the continent at the 11th edition of the biennial event.

Nigeria are the only African team to have played in all of the Women's seven World Cup tournaments since 1991 but they have failed to translate their continental dominance on the world stage.

Their best performance at the global event came when reaching the quarter-finals in 1999.

Nigeria squad:

Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi and Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels); Christy Ohiaeriaku (Confluence Queens)

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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