Abuja - The NFA says it has lined up friendly matches for the U-17 women national team, the Flamingoes, in preparations for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
NFA’s Technical Director, Emmanuel Ikpeme, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said the friendlies would be played at local and international levels before the World Cup tournament scheduled to hold from Sept. 22 to Oct. 13.
``The FA already has a programme for them, based on the earlier programmes sent by the chief coach of that team; we are working on it. There is no two ways about it that after their local preparation, they will also be given an opportunity to go for a training tour.
``That I cannot specifically say for now, but we are working towards that. Definitely, we’ll ensure that they will have some quality friendly matches here with some of the league clubs in the country.
``And we’ll also see the possibility of giving them friendlies with some nearby countries in West Africa before they move out to whichever training camp we are likely to get for them before they move to Azerbaijan.’’
NAN reports that 35 players were invited to camp on Sunday by the Chief Coach of the female team, Peter Dedevbo.
According to Dedevbo, all the players have reported to camp and the team has begun training twice daily to test its members’ fitness level.
The Flamingoes have been drawn to play in Group A with the host country, Azerbaijan as well as Colombia and Canada.