Ajibade, Nnadozie, two other opt out of Falcons squad for Turkey tourney
Atletico Madrid striker Rasheedat Ajibade, Paris FC goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, SL Benfica midfielder Christy Ucheibe and Eskilstuna United midfielder Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene, have confirmed their non availability for Super Falcons in the international tournament billed to hold in Turkey, Orient Sports has gathered.
The development comes 48 hours after the Nigeria Football Federation released their team’s roster for the toyrnament.
According to Goal, Ajibade and Ucheibe’s withdrawal were hinged on administrative reasons, while Okobi-Okeoghene and Nnadozie were exempted on health grounds.
The setback leaves coach Randy Waldrum in race against time to find their replacements, with his initial 23-woman list now reduced to 19.
Waldrum will be hoping for a last-minute replacement, ostensibly foreign-based players to fill the void left by the four players in the squad.
The prevailing circumstance means the Super Falcons will now face the Russian champions on February 18, before taking on Ubezkistan on February 20 and Equatorial Guinea three days later in Alanya.
Waldrum will meet with the team for the first time since his engagement last October and will hope for a title-winning start in charge of the African champions in Turkey.