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Nigeria coach sets Flamingoes ready for World Cup

11 March 2014, 17:07Israel Ojoko

Lisbon - Head coach of the Nigeria U17 women national team, Bala Nikyu has declared his team is ready for the FIFA U17 women World Cup which kicks off on Saturday, March 15 in Costa Rica.

After 19 days of intensive training at the Browns Sports football pitch in Faro, Portugal the team is now scheduled to depart for Costa Rica on Wednesday for the tournament that holds from March 15th to April 4th.

Nikyu, who stated, while making an assessment of the team's readiness so far ahead of the age-grade competition, expressed delight at the positive response of the players in its World Cup preparatory activities and also stated that there is no injury doubt.

"We thank God that during the preparatory period there hasn't been any major injury - considering our programme, the girls are really in a good shape, I think by the special grace of God we are ready."

The Flamingoes gaffer noted that the players are under no pressure to perform and deliver the World Cup title to Nigeria come April 5th.

"There is nothing like pressure, you must have watched the attitude of the players, they have been very free and lively, the coaches and officials are very free with themselves, so I think considering the cooperation, the team should  get a better outcome," he assured.

On what the Nigeria U17 women could do to better their campaign in Costa Rica, Nikyu said his ladies are prepared to surpass their previous record at the World Cup this year, he also blamed the country's exit in last edition on ill-luck.

In comparison with his past experience as the assistant coach of the Super Falcons, the Coach said " In Super Falcons, you need much maturity to succeed and the players know what is expected of them, but for the Flamingoes, the case will not be much different, despite the fact that we lost out due to ill-luck in the last edition, after playing beautifully well, however, we are not looking at the quarter-final, but we hope to improve on our previous record."

"We can assure Nigerians that we are prepared, the team spirit is high and are ready for the World Cup; we are ready to play as the team's spirit is good. The only thing we ask for is God's luck to succeed in Costa Rica."

Flamingoes will depart on Wednesday from Lisbon, Portugal for their FIFA U17 women World Cup campaign in Costa Rica which kicks off on Saturday, March 15.

The Nigeria's U17 women will take on China in the opening group D clash of the World cadet championship in Costa Rica on Sunday.

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