25 September 2016
The head coach of the Flamingos, the national U-17 female team, Bala Nikyu, said on Saturday that the team would give Nigerians good results at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The 5th FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup finals will hold from September 30 to October 21 in Jordan.
Nikyu said in Abuja that the team was ready for the World Cup.
“Apart from the aspect of playing, they (players) are happy with everything around them; from their action and reaction, they are ready and good to go.
“I don’t have problem with the level of fitness; what we are doing now is to work on little lapses like ‘corner kicks, throwing and free kicks,” he said.
The coach assured that the team would give Nigerians good results.
“We are hoping to give Nigerians good results. We are asking Nigerians to pray for us.
“Thank God that our matches will be played in the afternoon unlike in Costa Rica that our matches were played at three or four in the morning,” he added.
Nikyu said that the technical crew was working hard to ensure the team did Nigeria and Africa proud at the tournament.
“The technical officials are ready to reinforce the team; we found that in the past, most African teams were eliminated at the quarter finals stage; we are set to break the record and go beyond that stage at this World cup,” the coach said.
Captain of the team, Rasheedat Ajibade, also assured that the team would not disappoint Nigerians.
“I just want to tell my teammates to keep the fire burning; they should keep the spirit high.
“Nigerians should expect the best from us. We will make the nation proud and we will not let Nigerians down and they should believe in us,” she said.
The Flamingos will depart from Nigeria to Jordan on Monday.
Nigeria is in the same group with Brazil, England and Korea DPR, the 2008 champions.
Nigeria will play Brazil in her first match on October 1.
Nikyu has selected his final list of 21 players to represent Nigeria at the tournament.
The Flamingoes, quarter-finalists at the last three editions of the championship, had pounded Namibia and South Africa home and away to qualify for the finals.
Ajibade, an attacking midfielder and the team’s leading scorer, tops the list of 21 which also has Cynthia Aku, Patience Dike, Peace Efih and Folashade Ijamilusi.
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels); Christiana Obia (Martins Whyte Doves); Agatha Thompson (Young Talents FC)
Defenders: Abidemi Ibe (Ibom Angels); Patience Dike (COD United Ladies); Ijeoma Kenneth (Rivers Angels); Ebunoluwa Adeboye (Rivers Angels); Akudo Ogbonna (FC Robo); Joy Michael (Young Talents FC); Opeyemi Sunday (Sunshine Queens), Happiness Titus (Greater Tomorrow Academy)
Midfielders: Christy Ucheibe (Capital City Doves); Peace Efih (Edo Queens); Folashade Ijamilusi (Spring Soca Academy)
Forwards: Oghenebrume Ikekhua (Delta Queens); Mercy Omokwo (Abia Angels); Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo); Arit Itu (Rivers Angels); Chidinma Okeke (FC Robo); Cynthia Aku (Rivers Angels); Mary-Ann Ezenagu (Delta Queens).