Flamingoes arrive Windhoek ahead of clash with Baby Gladiators


By Rachael Ugiagbe


Flamingoes (Photo Credit: NFF)


Nigeria’s U-17 Women National team, Flamingoes have safely arrived in Windhoek ahead of Friday’s 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifier against Namibia.

The Nigerian delegation consisting head coach Bala Nkiyu, his assistants, 18 players and backroom staffs, alongside a couple of administrative officials left the country aboard a South African Airways airplane from Lagos to Johannesburg before connecting another South African Airways flight to Windhoek on Wednesday morning.

The Flamingoes have never failed to qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup since it began in New Zealand in 2008.

They defeated the Baby Gladiators 4-0 in the first leg a fortnight ago at the Abuja National Stadium.

Captain of the team, Rasheedat Ajibade reiterated that they are in Namibia to get the job done and make Nigeria proud.

“We are confident that we will progress into the last round of the qualifiers. Though, we will not under-rate the Baby Gladiators.

“Our Coaches have been telling us to forget the result of the first leg and play the second leg match as if we lost the first leg. Our spirit is high and we will do the country proud.”

Officials of the Namibian Football Association have confirmed that the match will be played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Friday at 4pm local time [3pm Nigeria time].

The winner will qualify to take on South Africa in the final round of the African qualifiers, following the withdrawal of Zambia.

The 18 Flamingoes players:

Goalkeepers: Cynthia Nnadozie, Nimot Ajayi

Defenders: Esther Adeboye, Joy Duru, Patience Dike, Onyinyechi Ibe, Ijeoma Kenneth.

Midfielders: Ramat Abdulkareem, Peace Efih, Precious Oyagbara, Christy Ucheibe, Folashade Ijamilusi

Fowards: Rasheedat Ajibade, Cynthia Aku, Yetunde Fajobi, Rejoice Ikoyo, Kikelomo Olaiya, Chidinma Okeke.

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