Olympic Games Waldrum Dump Onome, Ordega From Paris Olympics Game

Randy Waldrum, the Super Falcons’ head coach, has dismissed Onome Ebi and Francisca Ordega from the roster and revealed the final list of Nigeria’s Super Falcons for this year’s Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Paris, France.

Onome Ebi had urged Waldrum to question her about her inclusion on the Olympic Games list, as he complained about a player being imposed on him by a few unknown senior brass of the Nigeria Football Federation.

On her social media (Whatsapp status), Ebi responded violently to the issue and lambasted the American.

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In a surprising turn of events, Waldrum has thwarted the clandestine move to include both players in his team by naming captain Rasheedat Ajibade, Chiamaka Nnadozie, Osinachi Ohale, Asisat Oshoala, and 14 others.

The squad also includes defenders Oluwatosin Demehin and Michelle Alozie, midfielders Deborah Abiodun, Halimatu Ayinde, Christy Ucheibe, and Toni Payne, and attackers Esther Okoronkwo, Chinwendu Ihezuo, and Uchenna Kanu.

Squad members now on holiday in Nigeria will catch an Air France flight from Abuja to Sevilla, Spain, on Thursday night, with the rest of the playing body and technical team joining on Friday for a two-week training camp.

The team is slated to left Sevilla for France on Thursday, July 18.

Nigeria, the nine-time African champions, will face Brazil, Spain, and Japan in that order in this year’s Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, their first appearance in China since 2008.

To qualify for the 12-team competition, the Falcons defeated South Africa’s Banyana Banyana 1-0 in Abuja, with Ajibade scoring from the penalty spot to separate Africa’s top two sides over two legs in April.

Their first game, against Brazil, is scheduled for July 25th at the Stade Bordeaux, followed by matches against Spain on July 28th and Japan on July 31st.

The matches against Spain and Japan will take place in Nantes’ Stade de la Beaujoire, where the Super Eagles famously stunned tournament favourites Spain 3-2 in a dramatic game at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

SUPER FALCONS FOR PARIS 2024 OLYMPICS:

Goalkeepers:

Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC); Tochukwu Oluehi (Shualat Alsharqia FC, Saudi Arabia)

Defenders:

Osinachi Ohale (Pachuca Club de Futbol, Mexico); Oluwatosin Demehin (Stade de Reims, France); Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash, USA); Nicole Payne (Portland Thorns FC, USA); Chidinma Okeke (Mynavi Sendai Ladies, Japan)

Midfielders:

Deborah Abiodun (University of Pittsburgh, USA); Halimatu Ayinde (FC Rosengard, Sweden); Christy Ucheibe (SL Benfica, Portugal); Jennifer Echegini (Juventus Ladies, Italy); Toni Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain)

Forwards:

Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid FC, Spain); Esther Okoronkwo (Changchun FC, China); Asisat Oshoala (Bay FC, USA); Uchenna Kanu (Racing Louisville, USA); Chiwendu Ihezuo (Pachuca Club de Futbol, Mexico); Chinonyerem Macleans (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia)

Alternate Players:

Jumoke Alani (Nasarawa Amazons); Ifeoma Onumonu (Utah Royals, USA); Gift Monday (Costa Adeje Tenerife Egatesa, Spain); Morufa Ademola (Rivers Angels).


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