Abuja - Gracious Akujobi, the Super Falcons’ media officer, has called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to ensure the Flamingoes were well prepared for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
Akujobi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja that it was time the team began preparations for the competition scheduled for Costa Rica.
NAN reports that the Flamingoes qualified for the competition following the withdrawal of South Sudan from the African qualifiers earlier this week.
The spokesperson of the senior national women team said the NFF should take advantage of the opportunity of South Sudan’s withdrawal.
"They should put the necessary logistics in place early to keep the players in shape for the task ahead,’’ she said.
NAN reports that the first leg of the qualifier against South Sudan was scheduled to hold between on November 2.
Akujobi said she was sure the Flamingoes would still have beaten the South Sudanese to qualify.
"But, be that as it may, I think we just need to start preparations as soon as possible.
"However, I believe the NFF will kick-start preparations soon, and the next step now is for the association to ensure that they open camp in time
"Though they (the team) ought to have resumed camp on Tuesday, but with South Sudan’s withdrawal, it was cancelled. So, I believe the association knows what to do,’’ she said.
Akujobi said the team’s camp should be opened early enough, so as to enable the team’s incoming technical crew to get acquainted with the players before the World Cup finals.
"The ideal thing is for the NFF to open camp early, in order for the coaching crew to learn and understand the players.
"The coaching crew should be afforded the opportunity to get to know the players for good results,’’ she said.
NAN reports that the competition is scheduled to hold from March 15 to April 5, 2014 in Costa Rica.