Updated: Feb 15
It goes without saying that Nigeria boasts of arguably 2 of the best goalkeepers in Africa at the moment in Israel based Tochukwu Oluehi and France based Chiamaka Nnadozie.
They have exquisite catching, parrying, diving, punching, distribution and attention-to-position skills that rival those of other world class goalkeepers in the global women's game.
Ahead of the do-or-die afwcon qualifiers against the Women Elephants of Ivory Coast, Nnadozie and Oluehi are among the most recent arrivals to the bubbling Super Falcons camp.
Both eloquent and supremely talented goalkeepers, Nigeria fans will be counting on their skills, experience and expertise in keeping out all the missiles thrown at them by Ivory Coast .
Also joining our team's fold are US based Ifeoma Onumonu of Gotham and Michelle Alozie of Houston Dash. From Sweden we have Ngozi Okobi.
From Spain, Atletico Madrid star Rasheedat Ajibade, Madrid CFF's Rita Chikwelu and Sevilla forward Toni Payne also expanded the camp to 28 at lunchtime today
The first leg will be played this Friday 18 February with the return leg 5 days later.
Nigeria will be hoping to avoid another aggregate defeat in the hands of the Ivory Coast ladies after failure to secure Olympics participation from the hands of the same opponents.
Nigeria's squad to face Ivory Coast:
Goalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Tochukwu Oluehi (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel); Christy Ohiaeriaku (Sunshine Queens); Yewande Balogun (USA)
Defenders: Rofiat Imuran (Rivers Angels); Glory Ogbonna (Santa Teresa FC, Spain); Onome Ebi (Minsk FC, Belarus); Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves, Spain); Ayomide Ojo (Edo Queens); Ashleigh Plumptre (Leicester City, England); Joy Duru (Nasarawa Amazons); Nicole Payne (West Virginia University, USA); Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash, USA); Akudo Ogbonna (Edo Queens)
Midfielders: Peace Efih (Kiryat Gat, Israel); Yetunde Aluko (WFC Ramat Hasharon, Israel); Amanda Mbadinuju (Bayelsa Queens); Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (Eskilstuna FC, Sweden); Grace Igboamalu (Bayelsa Queens); Toni Oyedupe Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Regina Otu (Minsk FC, Belarus); Christy Ucheibe (SL Benfica, Portugal); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain); Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons); Deborah Abiodun (Rivers Angels)
Forwards: Esther Okoronkwo (AS Saint Etienne, France); Francisca Ordega (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Desire Oparanozie (Dijon FC, France); Vivian Ikechukwu (Rivers Angels); Gift Monday (FC Robo Queens); Juliet Bassey (Bayelsa Queens); Ifeoma Onumonu (NY/NJ Gotham FC, USA); Uchenne Kanu (Tigres Femenil, Mexico); Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain)
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