Abuja - Flamingoes coach Bala Nikyu on Monday said the provisional list of 30 players for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will be submitted to FIFA on January 31.
The U-17 female national team coach told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja after the team’s morning training session that currently he had 35 players in camp.
NAN reports that the team resumed camping on Jan. 6 in preparation for the fourth edition of the U-17 Women’s World Cup.
The tournament will hold in four Costa Rican cities from March 15 to April 4.
"Currently, we have 35 players in camp and we will be working with them until the end of the month when we will submit the provisional list to the football world governing body.
"So, after the submission, we will drop five of the players in camp who will remain on standby in case, God forbid, something terrible happens to one of the 30 picked.
"And anytime, there is need for any of them to come back, we will know who exactly to call in terms of their positions of play," Nikyu said.
The Flamingoes coach said the players were responding well to training compared to last week when they were new in camp.
"The players are responding well to training now compared to last week that was used as the conditioning week.
"This week we intend to go into the game proper, not playing per say, but to ensure that the players understand each other.
"As a player, I should know what my team mate can do and what he cannot do and we will also start to teach them the tactical aspect of the game," he said.
NAN also reports that the Flamingoes qualified automatically for the World Cup without kicking the ball after South Sudan withdrew from the African qualifiers.
The Flamingoes are drawn in Group D with Mexico, China and Colombia.