The quartet of Ugo Njoku, Sarah Nnodim, Lovett Ayila and Halimatu Ayinde have been included in the Super Falcons’ 33-strong squad list for the upcoming African Women’s Championship (AWC) in Namibia.
The four players who were part of the Falconets team that lost to Germany in the final of the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup, join team-mates Asisat Oshoala, Chinwendu Ihezuo, Mariam Ibrahim and Uchechi Sunday who are already regulars in the team.
According to Falcons head coach Edwin Okon in an interview with supersport.com, the four short-listed players were convincing and impressive in their performances at the Under-20 World Cup hence their immediate inclusion in the side that will be vying for honours at the forthcoming AWC in Namibia.
“Asisat Oshoala, Chinwendu Ihezuo, Mariam Ibrahim and Uchechi Sunday, who are regulars with the Super Falcons and also featured strongly for the Falconets at the just-concluded World Cup in Canada, were named in the newest AWC list. I added to the list four outstanding members of the Falconets to the World Cup namely Rivers Angels right back, Ugo Njoku, Delta Queens right back, Sarah Nnodim, Delta Queens’ forward, Halimatu Ayinde and Rivers Angels’ striker, Lovett Ayila.
“They were quite impressive with their performances and we want to key into the value to further beef up the Falcons for the challenges at the African Women’s Championship in Namibia.
“They’re invited to come and contest for the shirts with other invited players and I strongly believe they’ll justify the invitation.
Okon stated further: “We hope to commence the final phase of the AWC preparations with the 33 players hopefully on September 1 before the weeding out process that will see us cut down the list to 21.”