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
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
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.