Ramat Abdulkareem receives late call from Nigeria for Turkish Women’s Cup

Randy Waldrum has signed the Turkey-based midfielder into his squad ahead of this week’s invitational tournament in Alanya.

Ramat Abdulkareem received his first call-up in Nigeria before the Turkish Women’s Cup in Alanya, Aim understands.

Saturday, Aim previously exclusively reported that four players, all based overseas, withdrew from the 23-player list released by the Nigerian Soccer Federation on Thursday.

Among those four are two midfielders: Christy Ucheibe of SL Benfica and Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene of Eskilstuna United, who have resigned for various reasons.

With the reverse, head coach Randy Waldrum, who races against the clock for replacements, has turned to midfielder Adana Idmanyurduspor, after his exploits in the Turkish league.

Abdulkareem, who was born in Okene but raised in Kaduna, had previously obtained orders 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 played for the Nasarawa Amazons, Abia Angels, Adamawa Queens and Confluence Queens, did not reach the final cup against 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 was granted a one-year contract extension last August.

If she plays for the Super Falcons in the tournament, she will become the last Kogi-born footballer to represent the country at a senior level after Rachael Ayegba and Gift Otuwe.

The Super Falcons are set to open their camp in Alanya on Monday and face CSKA Moscow at Gold City Stadium on February 18 before facing 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.

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