Head coach of Nigeria’s senior women’s national football side, Edwin Okon, has given all invited foreign-based players up till the night of Friday, 16 May, to report at the team’s training camp in Abuja.
Okon stresses that players who fail to meet the deadline date will automatically have to forfeit the African Women Championship (AWC) qualifier against Rwanda on May 24.
The Nigerian ladies are thought to have had difficulties on securing their releases from their respective clubs because the date for the AWC qualifying matches is not a Fifa-free day, as the championship is not in the Fifa calendar.
However, the coach remain confident some of the invited players would be available for the tie.
Atasehir Balediyespor’s Desire Oparanozie and Onome Ebi of Minsk FC are expected in camp on Thursday. The duo are part of eight foreign-based professionals invited by the Super Falcons coach for the encounter.
“I want the foreign-based to train with us for at least four days before our departure to Rwanda,” Okon said. “We must see their fitness and readiness to play before we pick the team that will make the trip.”