Chief Coach of the Falconets, Edwin Okon, has dropped four more players after selecting his final squad for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which kicks off on Sunday in Japan.
The team’s Media Officer, Ejiro Femi-Babafemi, who said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abeokuta, stated they were dropped after their final training session in Namhae, Korea.
The statement named goalkeeper, Bidemi Aluko; defensive midfielder, Prudent Ugo; forward, Chisom Henry; and midfielder, Ugochi Okafor; as those who failed to make the list.
It said the action moved all the members of the team to tears but the coaches encouraged the affected players.
“I want to use myself as an example. I was dropped from the 1999 team for Women’s World Cup in the U.S. but look at me today, l am going to the World Cup as a goalkeeper trainer.
“So, please do not think it is the end of the road,” Taiwo Ajobiewe-Asikogu said.
Okon also advised the dropped players, saying, “Well, this is not the time to say how many World Cups l have been to, but to say that as a player you must always develop the right spirit at all times.
“I know this is a very hard decision to take. I want to appeal to you all that even though you won’t be in Japan, always put the team in prayers,” it said.
The team will leave Korea for Japan on Wednesday, while the axed players will head to Nigeria on the same day.
NAN reports that the final list include, goalkeepers Whyte Ebubeleye, Chioma Nwankwo and Damilola Akano.
Defenders are Josephine Chukwunonye, Gloria Ofoegbu, Blessing Edoho, Ugo Njoku, Fausilat Adeyemo, Jennifer Osawaru and Chidinma Okoro, while the midfielders are Ngozi Okobi, Ceceila Nku, Osas Igbinovia and Asisat Oshoala.
The forwards are Esther Sunday, Desire Oparanozie, Francisca Ordega, Winifred Eyovbioria, Abosede Olukayode, Ebere Orji and Charity Adule.