Ahead of its crucial 2016 FIFA
U-17 Women’s World Cup final
round, first leg qualifying match
against South Africa’s Bantwana
at the National Stadium, Abuja
today, head Coach of the Nigeria
U-17 Women National Team,
Flamingoes, Bala Nikyu has
assured that his girls are ready
for the must win clash.
Nikyu, who led the Class of
2014 to the quarter –finals of the
World Cup in Costa Rica, said
during one if the training session
that the team is ready to confront
the Bantwana of South Africa for
the ticket to represent Africa in
“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.”
The Flamingos pummelled
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
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.
Meanwhile, the General
Secretary of the Nigeria Football
Federation, NFF Mohammed
Sanusi has challenged the
team to go all out against
their counterparts from South
Africa ensuring that they beat
them here in Nigeria to make
the reversed fixture a mere
While commending the
girls for their outstanding
performance in the 9-0 thrashing
of Namibia in the last round of
the qualification series, Sanusi
urged the girls to brace up for
a stiffer test as South Africa’s
Bantwana will pose a bigger
challenge than the Namibians
“I urge you to go all out
against the South Africans on
Saturday (today). The South
Africans will be much stronger
than the Namibians that you
beat home and away in January.
You are carrying the weight of
this entire nation. Take your
chances as they come, and don’t
stop scoring.
Nigeria has participated at all
previous FIFA U-17 Women’s
World Cup final competitions,
from New Zealand 2008 to
Trinidad and Tobago 2010,
Azerbaijan 2012 and Costa Rica
2014. The team reached the
quarter finals in the last three
“We are solidly behind you.
Every opportunity I have, I
always tell football players to
imbibe discipline and strong
mentality, and to avoid social
vices that could affect their
careers negatively. I want you to
know that you are ambassadors
of our dear country, and must
reflect that in everything you do
on or off the field of play

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