Apparently not impressed with their performances, no fewer than seven players invited for the better forgotten Aisha Buhari Invitational Tournament in Lagos last month by Super Falcons Head Coach, Randy Waldrum have been axed as a handful of home-based players made the cut for the crucial African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) Morocco 2022 qualifiers double-header against Ghana Black Queens next week in Lagos and Accra.
Instead, Waldrum who is University of Pittsburgh U.S Soccer Team’s Head Coach is keeping faith with a handful of home-based players who distinguished themselves in the Lagos debacle. They are Gift Monday (FC Robo Queens) and Vivian Obianuju Nkemakolam (Rivers Angels) who scored a brace each in the matches against Mali and South Africa respectively. Other Nigeria Women’s Football League invited are are Akudo Ogbonna (Edo Queens); Oluwatosin Demehin (Rivers Angels); Goodness Onyebuchi (Edo Queens); Ayomide Ojo (Edo Queens); Rafiat Imuran (Rivers Angels) and Opeyemi Sunday (Edo Queens);
However, Waldrum invited the usual suspects led by team captain, Asisat Lamina Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain); one-time skipper Desire Ugochi Oparanozie (Dijon FC, France); Francisca Ordega (CSKA Moscow, Russia) and three goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Yewande Balogun (California Storm, USA).