Abuja - Flamingoes coach Bala Nkiyu on Tuesday said that the players were still in camp for proper screening, even after qualifying for the 2014 U-17 World Cup in Costa Rica.
Nkiyu disclosed this after the team’s morning training session at the National Stadium, Abuja.The Flamingoes gained automatic qualification for the World Cup after South Sudan withdrew from the qualifiers.
The team, however, resumed for camping on October 25, ahead of the fourth edition of the female World Cup, scheduled to hold from March 15 to April 5. The continuous training is meant to assess the players and screen out those that won’t be useful to the team.
"Although, South Sudan withdrew, we don’t know who is who as far as the players are concerned. So, with this camping, scheduled to end on November 7, we will be able to select the best for the team ahead of the World Cup. Proper selection will enable us concentrate on the selected players,’’ Nkiyu said.
The coach, however, added the camp was still open to other players.
"We will allow more players that will be later reduced to a sizeable number,’’ Nkiyu said. According to him, the number of players joining the team at the camping varies on daily basis.