Head coach of Nigeria’s U-17 Women team, Flamingoes, Bala Nkiyu has explained that his choice of inviting five new players to camp was to help beef his squad ahead of next FIFA U-17 World qualifier match against South Africa.
After walloping Namibia 9-0 on aggregate, Nigeria will face THE South African side on March 12 in pursuit of a place in 2016 World Women Championship.
According to Nkiyu who is still on Plateau United radar for the new football season as possible assistant to Technical Adviser Coach Baraje said “The players we have before now were doing well. They gave their best when we faced Namibia. The reason why we still needed new players is that we have only managed only one player in some position and that is not good enough.
“And so, we need to beef up the team the more with more players that could enable us have options. Having only one player in each position is definitely not going to help us. Supposing the only person in a position gets injured, it will be difficult to get her replacement.
“Right now, the few new players are trying to fit in. May be as time goes on, they will be better.
Talking about the chances of Flamingoes when they take on their South Africa opponent, Coach Nkiyu who steered the girls to the quarter-final of the last Women Championship barely two years ago reiterated “They will definitely challenge us just as every country would.
“But at the end of the day, we will come out victorious. No doubt, the South African side is a good team having come this long in the qualifying series. At this stage, we can’t underrate any team.”