Oparanozie left out of Nigeria 23-player Turkish Women’s Cup squad

The forward faces a difficult future ahead with the national team after also being excluded from the nation’s tournament roster

Desire Oparanozie has been omitted from Nigeria women’s senior national team 25-woman Turkish Women’s Cup squad.

The Nigeria Football Federation released their list on Thursday and there was no room for the Dijon star, who appears to have fallen out of favour with the authorities. Whereas, Charity Adule was included in the squad.

There was room in the squad for Chinwendu Ihezuo, who recently parted ways with Chinese side Henan Huishang, alongside Onome Ebi.

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Ihezuo and Ebi were left out of Nigeria’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers squad, which faced Algeria and Cote d’Ivoire in 2019.

Oparanozie’s relationship with the NFF leadership had gone sour since the 2019 Women’s World Cup, where the team staged a sit-in protest in Grenoble after a 3-0 Round of 16 loss to Germany.

The African champions 23-woman squad include Nigerian-born American duo of Toni Payne and Patricia George following their successful nationality switches to the West African country.

While Eibar’s Adule earned her first call-up since 2018 botched appearance, SL Benfica midfielder Christy Ucheibe became the latest former U20 star to promoted to the senior national team.

The Super Falcons are competing for the first time in the invitational scheduled to be held between February 15 to 24 and were polled with Equatorial Guinea and Uzbekistan after Zambia pulled out.

Following his appointment last October, Randy Waldrum will seek to meet his players for the first time and begin preparations for the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Morocco next year.

The Nigerian delegation are scheduled to leave the country on Monday and will open their campaign against Uzbekistan on February 20 before taking on Equatorial Guinea three days later. 



Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (Pozoalbense, Spain); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Christy Ohiaeriaku (Edo Queens)

Defenders: Onome Ebi; Glory Ogbonna (Edo Queens); Osinachi Ohale (Madrid CFF, Spain); Mariam Ibrahim (Nasarawa Amazons); Chidinma Okeke (Madrid CFF, Spain); Habeebat Akinwande (FC Robo)

Midfielders: Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain); Esther Sunday (ALG SPOR, Turkey); Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (Eskilstuna, Sweden); Antoinette Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Halimatu Ayinde (Eskilstuna, Sweden); Christy Ucheibe (SL Benfica, Portugal); Patricia George (Sands FC, Germany)

Forwards: Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain); Uchenna Kanu (Linkopings, Sweden); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Francisca Ordega; Chinwendu Ihezuo; Gift Monday (FC Robo); Charity Adule (SD Eibar, Spain)

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