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Randy Waldrum has recruited the Turkey-based midfielder into his squad ahead of this week’s invitational tournament in Alanya.
Ramat Abdulkareem received his first call-up from Nigeria before the Turkish Women’s Cup in Alanya. Aim understands.
On Saturday, Aim He had previously exclusively reported that four players, all based abroad, had withdrawn from the 23-player list released by the Nigerian Football Federation on Thursday.
Among those four, there are two midfielders: Christy Ucheibe of SL Benfica and Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene of Eskilstuna United, who have retired for various reasons.
With the setback, head coach Randy Waldrum, who is racing against time to secure replacements, has now turned to midfielder Adana Idmanyurduspor, following her exploits in the Turkish league.
Abdulkareem, who was born in Okene but raised in Kaduna, had previously won calls for the 2014 U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica and later for the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.
However, the 21-year-old, who previously starred in Nasarawa Amazons, Abia Angels, Adamawa Queens and Confluence Queens, did not make the final cut to either Costa Rica or Papua New Guinea.
He impressed in his role as a midfielder for Adana, scoring two goals in all competitions last season and receiving a one-year contract extension last August.
If she appears for the Super Falcons in the tournament, she will become the last Kogi-born footballer to represent the country at the senior level after Rachael Ayegba and Gift Otuwe.
The Super Falcons are scheduled to open camp in Alanya on Monday and will face CSKA Moscow at Gold City Stadium on February 18 before taking on Uzbekistan and Equatorial Guinea later.
Despite regrouping for the first time since October 2019, the African champions will aspire to become the first team from the continent to win the international women’s competition.