Precious Dede to lead Nigeria at Women’s World Cup

Nigeria gear up for Women's World Cup challenge as NFF release list of Falcons to take on hosts in Group A
Goalkeeper Precious Dede, a 31 year-old veteran from the 2003 and 2007 Fifa World Cup final tournaments, tops the list of players that will represent Nigeria at the Fifa Women’s World Cup in Germany this month.

The list also includes at least seven players who have seen Fifa World Cup action in the past.

The Nigeria Football Federation submitted to world governing body, FIFA, the list of 21 players who will fly the country’s flag at the 6th Fifa Women’s World Cup finals ans will challenge the hosts, Canada and France in Group A.

Coach Eucharia Uche picked three goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders and six strikers in a squad with a mixture of experience and youth.

Dede, defenders Faith Ikidi, Onome Ebi and Ulunma Jerome, midfielders Ogonna Chukwudi and Perpetua Nkwocha, and forward Stella Mbachu formed part of the squad at the last tournament in China in 2007.

The Falcons have been training in Saalfelden, Austria since May 26, and they will play the National Women’s team of Slovakia at the Eugendorf Stadium on Thursday.

Since setting up camp in Saalfelden, the Falcons have walloped an Austrian first division team, Wacker Innsbruck 7-0, defeated the Czech Republic 1-0 and drew 1-1 with Austria in friendly matches.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Precious Dede, Tochukwu Oluehi, Alaba Jonathan

Defenders: Helen Ukaonu, Faith Ikidi, Onome Ebi, Osinachi Ohale, Ulunma Jerome, Josephine Chukwunonye

Midfielders: Rebecca Kalu, Glory Iroka, Rita Chikwelu, Ebere Orji, Ogonna Chukwudi, Perpetua Nkwocha

Strikers: Stella Mbachu, Francisca Ordega, Desire Oparanozie, Sarah Michael, Uchechi Sunday, Amenze Aighewi 

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