Big blow for Nigeria as top player withdraws from AWCON Squad

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The Nigerian senior women team will be without Wuhan Jianghan forward, Desire Oparanozie, in their 2022 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) billed for Morocco.

Oparanozie who was among 32 players invited by Head Coach Randy Waldrum for the competition, announced her decision to rule herself out of the tournament via her social media handle Monday (today, 20 June, 2022).

She explained that her withdrawal was due to border restrictions.

“Due to issues bothering on boarder restrictions, which is beyond my control. I am officially unavailable to serve. Which explains my replacement. I wish the team all the best in Morocco as I will be cheering from here,” she wrote on her officer Twitter page.

Nigeria will face perennial rivals, the Bayana Bayana of South Africa in their opening group game of the competition which is billed for Morocco next month.

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