Lagos - Head Coach of the Flamingos Bala Nikyu has assured
that his girls are ready for the crucial FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup final
round, first leg qualifying match against South Africa’s Bantwana coming up at
the National Stadium, Abuja on Saturday, March 12,
Nikyu, who led the Class of 2014 to the quarter –finals of
the World Cup in Costa Rica, spoke after the team’s evening training session on
Monday, just as the South African Football Association announced that their
contingent to Saturday’s game would arrive in Abuja in the early hours of
“Since resuming camp on February 7, we have been doing a lot
of work, and I am very happy with the way everything has gone. I am happy there
are no injury worries apart from one that happened few days ago, but the player
is fine now.
“We have been working on our past mistakes and rectifying
them, and I believe we will go out there and do the country proud on Saturday.”
Also read: Flamingoes rout Namibia’s Baby Gladiators 5-0
The Flamingos pummeled Namibia’s Baby Gladiators 9-0 on
aggregate in the second round of the qualifying series, winning 4-0 in Abuja
and 5-0 in Windhoek.
Captain of the team, Rasheedat Ajibade is confident that
with the high spirit in camp, the girls will deliver on their promise to qualify
for the World Cup finals, slated for Jordan in October this year. She also
called on Nigerians to come out en masse and support the team with their
presence and prayers, promising they will not be disappointed.
Nigeria has never failed to qualify for the FIFA U-17
Women’s World Cup since its inception in 2008. So far, only four countries are
through to the final competition of this year’s edition, namely Jordan (the
hosts), Japan, Korea Republic and New Zealand.For
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