NFF Pleased With Flamingoes’ World Cup Foes

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has expressed satisfaction with the draw of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that pitched the under-17 national team with Mexico, Colombia and China PR.

NFF’s Chief Technical Officer, Abdulrafiu Yusuf, said on Friday in Abuja that the draws were a good one for the team known as the Flamingoes.

The draws were held on Dec. 17 at the Antigua Aduana, San Jose, Costa Rica.

It is for the fourth edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup billed to hold in Costa Rica from March 15 to April 4.

“The draw is a good one for Nigeria because we have an Asian team and two South American teams there and I don’t think the South Americans will give us a problem.

The Nigeria Team Group during the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup match between Nigeria and North Korea at the Hasley Crawford Stadium on September 5, 2010 in Port of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago. The Nigeria Team Group during the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup match between Nigeria and North Korea at the Hasley Crawford Stadium on September 5, 2010 in Port of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago. “It is only China I see that might want to prove a little bit hard because they pace well; but we have players on ground to douse their threat,’’ Yusuf said.

He, however, noted that though the team did not play any qualifying match to test their strength, they had no cause to worry.

The team qualified automatically for the World Cup without playing any qualifiers after South Sudan withdrew from the African qualifiers.

“Luckily for us, we still have about four or five of the players that were in the 2012 edition who made the team.

“So, we will use them as the base of the team to build the other players around them,’’ Yusuf said.

That Flamingoes crashed out of the 2012 edition in Azerbaijan in the quarter-final stage after losing to France 3-5 on penalties.

“They will resume camp on Jan. 6 and will remain in camp all through, till they go for the tournament.

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