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NFF, GFA finalise two-leg friendly for U-17 girls

27 January 2014, 18:03Israel Ojoko

Lagos - The Nigeria Football Federation and the Ghana Football Association have finalised arrangements for a two-leg friendly fixture between the U-17 Women National Team of Nigeria, known as Flamingos, and their Ghanaian counterparts.

Ag. General Secretary of GFA, Emmanuel Gyimah formally requested for the fixture through a letter dated 23rd January, 2014, and the NFF responded positively through another letter the following day, signed by General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu.

Both teams, alongside Zambia, have qualified to represent the African continent at the 4th FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup taking place in Costa Rica from 15th March to 4th April, 2014.

“This is a very good thing and will certainly help the general preparation of our girls for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup,” noted Amadu.

The first leg of the international friendly fixture will take place at the National Stadium, Abuja on Sunday, 2nd February with the return leg to be played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday, 9th February.

It would be recalled that the Flamingos, currently on a tour of some States of Federation which has seen them play against top-rated Clubs, qualified for the 4th FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup finals without kicking a ball, following the withdrawal of South Sudan.

Amadu disclosed on Monday that the NFF has made arrangements for adequate preparation for the Flamingos to do the country proud at the showpiece in Costa Rica.

“The girls will return from their tour of the Federation to play the two-legged friendly fixture with Ghana, and then travel to Faro, Portugal for a three-week final training camp before flying to Costa Rica for the final competition.”

Bala Nikyu’s girls are expected to fly into Costa Rica on 12th March for the tournament kicking off on 15th March.

Nigeria play Mexico, China and Colombia in Group D of the tournament, with her first match against the Chinese on 16th March.

- News24


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