Desire Oparanozie, the Super Falcons’ top striker, was left out of the list of invited players for a female football tournament in the United States in June, which was released on Saturday.
Between June 10 and 16, the Super Falcons will compete in the Texas Summer Series Tour alongside the women’s teams from the United States of America, Portugal, and Jamaica.
The 27-year-old Nigerian striker has 22 goals in 35 games for the Super Falcons, including the 2014 African Women Championship Golden Boot.
Asisat Oshoala, a recent UEFA Women’s Champions League winner with Femeni Barcelona, leads the 25-woman list, which also includes veterans Francisca Ordega, Onome Ebi, Rita Chikwelu, Halimatu Ayinde, Ramatu Ajibade, and Uchenna Kanu.
Tochukwu Oluehi, Chiamaka Nnadozie, and Inyene Etim were chosen as goalkeepers for the tournament.
Defenders Gloria Ogbonna, Osinachi Ohale, Oluwatosin Dimehin, Abidemi Ibe, Chidinma Okeke, Patricia George, and Esther Ogbonna are among those invited.
Midfielders Okobi-Okeoghene, Oyedupe Payne, Amanda Mbadi, and Celine Ottah are also included, while strikers Vivian Ikechukwu, Charity Adule, Gift Monday, and Joy Bokiri round out the squad.
The home-based players are Etim, Gloria Ogbonna, Dimehin, Ibe, Gift Monday, Ottah, Mbadi, Bokiri, and Ikechuckwu, while 15 of the mentioned players are foreign-based.
The Super Falcons are set to face the Jamaican ladies on June 10 at the BBVA Stadium in Houston, Texas.
The second friendly against the Portuguese ladies will take place at the same stadium four days after the Jamaican game.
On June 17th, the tour’s final match will be held at the newly built stadium of MLS’s Austin FC. According to reports, the stadium cost $240 million.
Randy Waldrum, the Super Falcons’ coach, has also confirmed that two players will be cut from the final 21-man roster based on training and fitness.
The United States women will face the Super Falcons for the first time in a friendly match, while Jamaica will play their first friendly against the nine-time African champions.