Flamingoes braced for decisive World Cup qualifier


Nigeria’s Under-17 women national football team, Flamingoes, will on Friday arrive in Yaounde, capital of Cameroon for their final round, final leg of the 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifying fixture against their Cameroonian counterparts.

Officials confirmed to thenff.com that the team will fly aboard an Asky Air plane from Abuja for the game billed for Sunday.

Both teams ended the first leg, played at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City penultimate weekend, 2-2 and the tie is delicately balanced considering Nigeria’s pedigree in women’s football on the continent.

The Flamingoes dominated the first leg encounter but were unlucky not to win, and will look to shock the Cameroonians in their own backyard on Sunday evening.

Precious Vincent and Osaretin Ikekhua got the goals for Nigeria in Benin City. However, the team’s head coach Bala Nikyu says many more of his outfield players are capable of putting the ball in the net when the die is cast in Cameroon.

Nigeria have never failed to qualify for the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup. The Flamingoes were part of the inaugural party in New Zealand in 2008, and also featured at the 2010 (Trinidad and Tobago), 2012 (Azerbaijan), 2014 (Costa Rica) and 2016 (Jordan) editions. Nikyu coached the team at the two last editions of the FIFA World Cup.



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