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Dijon FC striker Desire Oparanozie makes a return to the Nigeria Women side following her stay away protest over unpaid bonuses and allowances at the 2019 FIFA Women World Cup in France. Desire who has been overlooked by the African Champions will be at the training camp of the Super Falcons for an 8 day training camping in Vienna, Austria.

The nine- time African Champions preparations is for the Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s Football Tournament and other upcoming challenges according to a statement from the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).

The Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s Football Tournament will see the Super Falcons battle Ghana’s Black Queens, Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses, Banyana Banyana of South Africa, Morocco and Mali’s women team in September. The six–nation invitational soccer event will be hosted in West Africa Commercial City, Lagos 

Barcelona striker and UEFA Women Champions League winner, Asisat Oshoala has been excused after a busy season with Barcelona Ladies. 

The Nigeria Women team which had an impressive three-wins-out-three account at the Turkish Women’s Cup in Antalya in February, last month was in the USA for the Summer Series matches.

Meanwhile, England former youth player Ashleigh Plumptre has earned maiden call-up for Nigeria Women’s team for the six nation-tournament. The Leicester City defender has been capped 30 times at the England youth level, but qualifies for Nigeria through the grandparent rule.

Also named in the 26 players list, Swedish-born sisters Josephine and Evelyn Ijeh of Haken, this invitation earns them a maiden call-up too. Their father Peter Ijeh scored 24 goals to emerge top scorer in the 2002 Swedish top flight.


Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Olehi (CD Pozoalbens, Spain); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC,France); Patience Okeke (Bayelsa Queens); Yewande Balogun (California Storm, USA)

Defenders:  Glory Ogbonna (Edo Queens); Osinachi Ohale and Chidinma Okeke (Madrid CFF,Spain);Esther Ogbonna (Edo Queens); Onyinyechi Zogg (Zurich, Switzerland);Nicole Payne (West Virginia University, USA); Michelle Alozie(Houston Dash Reserves, USA); Ashleigh Plumptre (Leicester City, England); Josephine Ijeh (BK Kacken, Sweden)

Midfielders:  Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain), Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (Eskilstuna United, Sweden); Toni Payne (Seville FC, Spain); Mowaninoula Dada (Watford FC, England)

Forward: Rasheedat Ajibade (Athletico Madrid, Spain); Francisca Ordega (Levante UD,Spian); Gift Monday (FC Robo Queens); Joy Bokiri (Bayelsa Queens); Uchenna Kanu (LinkopingsFC, Sweden); Ebere Orji (Sundvail DFF, Sweden); Ini-Abasi Unotong (Lewes FC, England); Evelyn Ijeh (BK Hacken, Sweden), Desire Oparanozie (FC Dijon, France)

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