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‘Grateful for the opportunity’ – TiPS striker reacts to maiden Super Falcons call-up

TiPS striker Roosa Ariyo has received a late call-up to the Super Falcons ahead of this week’s four-nation women’s invitational tournament in Houston, Texas.

Nigeria manager Randy Waldrum is short on personnel at key positions following the withdrawals of players due to varying reasons for the 10-day competition, also featuring Jamaica, Portugal and United States of America from June 7 to 17, 2021.

With Linkopings striker Uchenna Kanu finding herself at the mercy of logistic challenges, the Finnish born forward completes the eight-player attacking list of Waldrum’s squad.

Following her late invitation which came on Friday, the 26-year-old says she is delighted to be handed a chance to play for the nine-time African champions.

“Going to the new week like,” Ariyo posted on her official instagram handle on Monday.

“For those of you wondering what’s going on, I got a surprise call up to play at the US summer series with the Nigeria’s Super Falcons.

“Over the next week and a half, we’ll be facing Jamaica ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ, Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น, and USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ in Texas.
Super excited and grateful for the opportunity.”

Ariyo, who has been in fine form, scoring eighth in eight games was born in Finland to a Finnish mother and Nigerian father, though whom she is eligible to play for Nigeria.

She will hope to make a huge success with the Super Falcons when they begin their campaign against Jamaica at BBVA Stadium in Houston on June 10, followed by a meeting with Portugal three days later before traveling to Austinโ€™s Q2 stadium to face world champions USA.