Nigeria senior women’s coach Randy Waldrum has reportedly extended an invitation to five players from the U-20 women’s team that played at the just concluded FIFA U-20 World Cup.
According to Samuel Ahmedu of Savid news, the five players invited will take part in the double header friendlies between Nigeria and the United State of America.
The five players invited are Esther Onyenezide, centre back and captain Blessing Oluwatosin Demehin, right back Jumoke Alani, left back Rofiat Imuran, and midfielder Deborah Abiodun.
They have been invited because players Sweden based duo of Halimatu Ayinde and Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene as well Russia based duo of Francisca Ordega and Macleans Chinonyerem ruled out.
And of course, Asisat Oshoala is still out injured.
Eight players plying their trade in Nigeria have also been reportedly invited; goalkeeper Christy Ohiaeriaku from Edo Queens, Robo Queens forward Monday Gift and Esther Ogbonna Akudo from Rivers Angels complete the list of eight local players.
With visas secured, the eight home-based players and officials are scheduled to depart Nigeria for the United States on Tuesday night to unite with foreign professionals ahead of Saturday’s first match in Kansas City.
Nigeria will battle the reigning World champions in their preparation for the 2023 FIFA World Cup, with the first clash at the Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas on 3rd September, and then have a go at each other’s jugular once more at the Audi Field in Washington, D. C. on 6th September.