Female U-17 team to camp in Abuja ahead of World Cup.
by The cable
Nigeria’s Female U-17 team, Flamingoes will camp in the nation’s capital, Abuja, ahead of their 2016 U-17 World Cup qualifiers game, which begins on January 8, 2016. The Nigerian side would play against either Botswana or Namibia An official of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said the Abuja International Stadium was a preferred choice, considering the need to have the best facility to prepare the team for the duration of the game in Nigeria. “We need the best facility to be at our peak to qualify for the tournament as all Nigerians expect,” the official said. Defending the choice of venue further, the source said: “the weather condition in Abuja is perfect and there won’t be any form of distraction ahead of the qualifiers”. Though the NFF is yet to announce a coach for the team, Bala Nikiyu, Obi Ogbala and Anne Chijiene have been shortlisted for the job. The team is expected to start camping by the first week of December. The likes of Ajibade Rasheedat, Edewor Precious, Rafiat Sule, Onyinye Okeke, Fubianna Briggs, Mary Ologbosere, Mercy Vincent, Rita Akarekor, Cynthia Aku, Vivian Ikechukwu and a host of others will be invited by the eventual coach of the team. The 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will be the 5th edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the biennial international women’s youth football championship contested by the under-17 national teams of the member associations of FIFA. The tournament will be held in Jordan from 30 September to 21 October 2016.