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Kika Nazareth is back in the women’s national team

Kika Nazareth is amongst the 25 gamers referred to as up by Portugal for the European play-off qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup.

The Benfica participant was injured in the closing qualifying match for the 2023 Women’s World Cup on September 6 and has not been used once more by both the Seleção or Benfica since.

“It comes from a rebuilding interval and that is why we referred to as up 25 gamers. Given the significance of the video games, we determined to have Francisca [Kika] with us, in collaboration with Benfica’s medical division,” coach Francisco Neto defined.

The coach defined that coaching alone will present how Benfica’s artistic team might help in opposition to Belgium (October 6) and in a triumph with Iceland 5 days later.

Apart from Kika Nazareth, there are additionally calls from defender Bruna Lourenço from Sporting and midfielder Andreja Jacinto from Real Sociedad. “We have adopted Bruna Lourenço and his development, particularly at the age of beneath 23, and we expect that the time has come for him to be with us and we’re very joyful to have Andreja Jacinto once more, who is an vital return,” indicated exterior Francisco Vnuk.

In case of victory, the “quinas” team will face Iceland in the second spherical on October 11, additionally at 18:00, in Pasos de Ferreira.

If it overtakes the Belgians and Icelanders and is one among the prime two (group stage factors, with first, third, fourth and fifth place and in the second spherical of the “playoff”) amongst the three winners of the second spherical, Portugal will qualify for the World Cup. If they handle to qualify, however as the worst of the qualifiers, Portugal go to an intercontinental “play-off” that may dictate the closing three locations, in New Zealand (February 17 to 23, 2023), with China Taipei, Thailand, Cameroon, Senegal, Papua New Guinea, Haiti, Panama, Chile and Paraguay.

27 of the 32 groups have already been chosen for the closing section. The 2003 Women’s World Cup finals can be held in Australia and New Zealand from 20 July to twenty August.

List of the 25 invited:

– Goalkeepers: Rute Costa (Benfica), Ines Pereira (Servet, Sweden) and Patricia Morais (Sporting de Braga).

– Defenders: Ana Borges (Sporting), Alicia Correa (Sporting), Carol Costa (Benfica), Diana Gomes (Seville, Spain), Joanna Marchao (Parma, Ita), Lucia Alves (Benfica), Silvia Rebelo (Benfica) and Bruna Lorenzo (Sporting).

– Middles: Andrea Norton (Benfica), Andrea Faria (Benfica), Dolores Silva (Sporting de Braga), Fatima Pinto (Alavés, Spain), Kika Nazareth (Benfica), Tatiana Pinto (Levante, Spain), Vanessa Marquez (Sporting de Braga) and Andreja Jacinto (Real Sociedad, Spain).

– Advanced: Ana Capetta (Sporting), Carolina Mendes (Sporting de Braga), Diana Silva (Sporting), Jessica Silva (Benfica), Suzanne Pires (Ferrovia, Bra) and Thelma Encarnasao (Maritimo).

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