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Flamingoes to embark on training tour

12 February 2014, 09:56

Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday in Abuja said the national U-17 women's team would leave for a training tour of Faro, Portugal on Wednesday, February 19.

The NFF's director of competitions, Mohammed Sanusi said the tour was part of preparations for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Costa Rica.

Sanusi said the team, known as the Flamingoes, would be in Faro for three weeks before proceeding to Costa Rica for the World Cup scheduled for March 15 to April 4.

"The team will be leaving Nigeria on February 19 on a three-week training tour to Faro, Portugal.

"This is for them to acclimatise, in view of the weather over there in Costa Rica, and for them to play some friendly matches before the competition starts," he said.

Sanusi said the NFF has confidence in the team’s technical crew and the players to perform well.

The Flamingoes qualified for the fourth edition of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup without kicking a ball after South Sudan withdrew from the African qualifiers.

The team has been drawn in Group D with Mexico, China and Colombia for the tournament.

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