Ifeoma Onumonu will try to help Nigeria qualify for the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations. (Photo courtesy of Gotham FC)

HARRISON, N.J. – NJ/NY Gotham FC forward Ifeoma Onumonu has been called up to the Nigerian women’s national team for the second round of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, it was announced by the National Women’s Soccer League team on Saturday.

The Super Falcons resume Women’s AFCON qualifying with a clash against Cote D’Ivoire in Abuja on Feb. 28.

The tournament held its first round matches in October. Among the record-setting 44 participating nations, Nigeria advanced after defeating Ghana, 2-1, on aggregate.

This is Onumonu’s second call-up to the squad. She most recently ahead of three international friendly matches that were a part of U.S. Soccer’s Summer Series last June. A native of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Onumonu appeared for the Under-23 U.S. women’s national team earlier in her career but elected to represent Nigeria at the senior international level.

Onumonu is coming off a stellar 2021 campaign for Gotham FC, as she made 25 appearances and 22 starts. The 27-year-old finished with eight goals and four assists.

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