Oshoala, Nkwocha top list as Okon picks final 23 for Women’s World Cup

Super Falcons coach Edwin Okon has named his 23-team squad for the Fifa Women’s World Cup billed for Canada next month.

The reigning African Women championship will be hoping to emerge world champions for the first time and have been drawn in the same group with Australia, Sweden and the United States of America.

Veteran striker Perpetua Nkwocha will be making her fourth appearance at the championship having been named in the team that parades regular suspects such as Asisat Oshoala, Courtney Dike and Desire Oparanozie.

There are three goalkeepers, seven defenders, four midfielders and nine strikers.

Nigeria face Brazil in their first game of the championship against Sweden in Winnipeg on June 8, 2015.

FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers
Precious Dede (Ibom Queens); Christy Ohiaeriaku (Rivers Angels); Ibubeleye Whyte (Rivers Angels)

Defenders
Blessing Edoho (Pelican Stars); Osinachi Ohale (Rivers Angels); Onome Ebi (FC Minsk, Belarus); Josephine Chukwunonye (Rivers Angels); Ugo Njoku (Rivers Angels); Ngozi Ebere (Rivers Angels); Sarah Nnodim (Nasarawa Amazons)

Midfielders
Evelyn Nwabuoku (BIIK Kazygurt, Kazakhstan); Halimatu Ayinde (Delta Queens); Onyenchi Ohadugha (Rivers Angels); Cecilia Nku (Rivers Angels)

Forwards
Perpetua Nkwocha (Clemensnas IF, Sweden); Esther Sunday (FC Minsk, Belarus); Asisat Oshoala (Liverpool Ladies, England); Desire Oparanozie (En Avant Guingamp, France); Ngozi Okobi (Delta Queens); Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit, USA); Loveth Ayila (Rivers Angels); Courtney Dike (Oklahoma State University, USA); Ini-Abasi Umotong (Portsmouth Ladies, England)

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