By Samuel Ahmadu
Head coach Hue Menzies has drawn up a provisional squad list of 31 players for Nigeria’s prestige international tournament against Nigeria and the USA in Texas in June.
The Reggae Girlz will compete at the four-nation tournament tagged US Summer Series and are expected to open their campaign against Nigeria at the BBVA Stadium, Houston on June 10 by 10:30pm Nigeria in Texas before taking world champions US at the same venue three days later.
Headlining the list is Manchester City-target and want-away Bordeaux striker Khadija Shaw, with Ferencvaros forward Tiffany Cameron, AS Roma defender Allyson Swaby, Rangers defender Chantelle Swaby, Houston Dash defender Deneisha Blackwood, USC Trojans forward Olufolasade Adamolekun and capitan Konya Plummer also expectedly called.
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Becky Spencer, Liverpool midfielder Jade Bailey, Chelsea midfielder Drew Spence and Aston Villa Shania Hayles have all received first time call ups to the team.
Nigerian extraction, 20 year old USC Trojans striker Adamolekun, described as an American-born Jamaican player was part of her side’s historic outing as the first Caribbean nation at the Women’s World Cup in France 2019 and will be eager to turn out against her African root.
The provisional list of 31 will be whittled down to 23 before the Reggae Girlz fly to Texas for the opening clash with African champions Super Falcons.
The encounter will be the first between both nations in women’s football history and the first match for the Caribbean giants since a 7-0 triumph over St. Kitts and Nevis in May 2020.
1. Sydney Schneider (Washington Spirit), 2. Rebecca Spencer (Tottenham Hotspur), 3. Chantelle Swaby (Glasgow Rangers), 4. Madiya Harriott (Vanderbilt University), 5. Konya Plummer (Orlando Pride) 6. Allyson Swaby (AS Roma), 7. Dominque Bond-Flasz (Tindastoll), 8. Deneisha Blackwood (Houston Dash), 9. Havana Solaun (North Caroline Courage) 10. Chinyelu Asher (Washington Spirit), 11. Sade Ademoluken (USC Trojans), 12. Drew Spence (Chelsea), 13. Peyton McNamara (Ohio State Buckeyes), 14. Chiara Ritchie-Williams (LSU Tigers), 15. Sashana Campbell (Hapoel Petah Tikva), 16. Tierney Wiltshire (Maccabi Emek Hefer), 17. Jode Brown (Florida State Seminoles), 18. Khadija Shaw (Bordeaux), 19. Shayla Smart (Wake Forest Demon Deacons), 20. Gabrielle Gayle (South Alabama Jaguars), 21. Shania Hayles (Aston Villa), 22. Kayla McCoy , 23. Vyan Sampson (Charlton Athletic), 24. Chetna Matthews (Racing Louisville), 25. Jade Bailey ( Liverpool), 26. Yazmeen Jameson, 27. Jayda Hylyon-Pelaia (Arizona State Sun Devils), 28. Marlo Sweatman ( Szent Mihaly), 29. Tiffany Cameron (Ferencvaros), 30. Trudi Carter, 31. Jadyn Matthews (Cornell Big Red)