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I hold no grudge against Dennerby, Nwabuoku insists after AWCON snub

12:00 AM GMT+4 31/10/2018
Evelyn Nwabouku and Thomas Dennerby
After being snubbed for Ghana 2018, the Rivers Angels midfielder has denied holding any grudge against the gaffer

Evelyn Nwabouku says she is disappointed after being left out of Nigeria’s squad for the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations, but insists she holds ‘no grudge’ against Thomas Dennerby.

The 32-year-old captained the Super Falcons to reclaiming the African title in 2014 in Namibia but missed the 2016 edition in Cameroon after a serious knee injury during team’s final preparation.

Despite returning to the fold in June, the midfielder was dropped for the qualifier against Gambia and now overlooked for the 48-player provisional squad named by coach Thomas Dennerby.

Being aware of her poor fitness level, she has made excellent progress, scoring four goals and helping Rivers Angels to Federation Cup title haul, but still not enough to earn her a call-up.

“I so much excited much. Winning the Federation Cup is so special to me,” Nwabouku told Goal.

“Special because I got back stronger from a bad injury to becoming a champion again. I lost so much due to it. Lost my place in the national team, lost my contract with the French team and many more but in all, I give glory to God because many that passed through this didn't recover.

“I have scored four goals this season and just won the Nigeria Women Premier League Player of the Month for September. All these achievements are a reflection of my strong return to fitness. I am grateful to God for everything.

“Honestly, I didn't feel good about [my non-invitation to the Super Falcons for the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations] because I worked very hard to bounce back from my injury, knowing fully well that we have a tournament in Ghana.

“I have really been working on myself but still wasn't considered good enough but it's all good as God knows best. I wouldn't know why I was not invited as only the coaches know best but I do not hold any grudge against the coach Thomas Dennerby. I wish them all the best.”