Faith Ikidi-Micheal will make a return to the Nigeria fold after two-year absence for the maiden edition of the Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s Tournament, taking place in Lagos from 13th – 21st of this month.
The Pitea defender is one of the notable returnees in the 23-woman provisional list named by head Coach Randy Waldrum for the six-nation tournament, also featuring Cameroon, South Africa, Mali, Ghana and Morocco.
The five-time African Women's Cup of Nations winner last featured for the West African at the Women's World Cup in France, where she sustained a ligament injury in a 3-0 loss to Norway at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in June 2019.
Since recovering, the 34-year-old veteran defender went on to inspire her Swedish side to a Damallsvenskan safety, featuring in all matches in the 2020 season and has also continued from where she left off this term.
Besides Pitea's Micheal, Minsk midfielder Regina Otu is also likely to make a return for the first time since featuring in the team's botched Tokyo 2020 Olympic campaign in October 2019, having missed invitation to Austrian camp.
The list which comprises of 18 foreign based professionals, also includes five home-based players - Rivers Angels' Oluwatosin Demehin and Akudo Ogbonna (Edo Queens), while Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene and forwards Asisat Oshoala, Francisca Ordega and Rasheedat Ajibade are among the overseas' stars.
Waldrum will be hoping to build on the confidence from 1-0 victory over Slovenian giants Olimpija Ljubljana in August as they prepare for the 2022 Awcon qualifiers against Ghana in October.
The Super Falcons will square up with Morocco in their opening match on September 13 before taking on Mali two days later at the Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Onikan in Lagos.
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel); Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Yewande Balogun (California Storm, USA)
Defenders: Onome Ebi (Minsk FC, Belarus); Glory Ogbonna (Umea FC, Sweden); Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves, Spain); Faith Ikidi (Pitea DFF, Sweden); Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash, USA); Akudo Ogbonna (Edo Queens); Oluwatosin Demehin (Rivers Angels)
Midfielders: Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain); Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (Eskilstuna United, Sweden); Tony Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Regina Otu (Minsk FC, Belarus); Goodness Onyebuchi (Edo Queens); Joy Bokiri (AIK Sweden FC, Sweden)
Forwards: Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Francisca Ordega (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Gift Monday (FC Robo Queens); Uchenna Kanu (Linkopings FC, Sweden); Desire Oparanozie (Dijon FC, France); Esther Okoronkwo (Saint Etienne, France)