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Flamingoes to resume camp in January

06 December 2013, 10:40

Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says the U-17 female national team, Flamingoes, will resume camp in January to prepare for the 2014 FIFA Women U-17 World Cup.

The NFF's director of technical, Emmanuel Ikpeme, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja that it was to ensure the team prepared adequately for the World Cup.

NAN reports that the fourth edition of the U-17 World Cup will hold from March 15 to April 5 in Costa Rica.

The team qualified automatically for the competition after South Sudan withdrew from the African qualifiers.

"We expect that by the first week in January, they will resume camp which will involve both local and foreign tours for them to prepare well for that tournament.

"This is because the team is entirely new and they have never played any match together because they got automatic qualification.

"Besides, they were already in camp before their opponent's withdrawal, so we decided to make it an open camp to accommodate new players apart from the invited ones.

"This is to allow the coaches get new players to compliment the ones invited initially and be able to have a formidable team," Ikpeme said.

The director of technical added that the team would play quality friendly matches to put them to test ahead of the tournament.

"By the time they come, they will play some quality friendly matches because their camping then won't just be the normal training session.

"They will be coming for serious work ahead of the big task.

"So, we must organise some friendly matches for the coaches to have a practical knowledge of the quality of players they have,’’ he said.

Ikpeme expressed optimism that the early camping would afford the technical crew enough time to produce a formidable team.



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