Ajibade, Aku headline Bala Nikyu’s Jordan 2016 squad

With seven days to go, World’s Football Governing body (FIFA) today revealed the squad lists of the 16 teams participating at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup to be staged in Jordan.
And as expected for Nigeria’s Flamingos, Captain Rashidat Ajibade leads the way in coach Bala Nikyu’s 21-player list which contains three goalkeepers, eight defenders, three midfielders and seven forwards.
Ajibade who was highest goal scorer alongside Egypt’s Noha Tarek in the 2016 African U-17 Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament will be making her second appearance at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup alongside left back, Patience Dike and striker, Cynthia Aku.
⦁ Goalkeepers
Chiamaka Nnadozie, Christiana Obia, Agatha Thompson
⦁ Defenders
Abidemi Ibe, Patience Dike, Catherine Kenneth, Esther Adeboye , Akudo Ogbonna, Joy Michael, Opeyemi Sunday, Happiness Titus
⦁ Midfielder
Christy Ucheibe, Peace Efih, Folashade Ijamilusi
⦁ Forwards
Oghenebrume Ikekhua, Mercy Omokwo, Rasheedat Ajibade, Arit Itu, Chidinma Okeke, Cynthia Aku, Mary-Ann Ezenagu

Meanwhile, Coach of Nigeria’s U17 Women’s national team, Bala Nikyu, has stated that his side “are looking promising” ahead of Jordan 2016 which begins next week Friday.

The Flamingos defeated Sierra Leone, Namibia and South Africa home and away enroute the finals in Jordan, and have been in camp since the 31st of July this year, training and playing series of friendlies against local women’s football teams.
“So far, they are looking promising,” Nikyu said. “The corrections we are going to be making now will be more of verbal, for fitness level I think they are better.”
The only thing is, it is as if they sometimes feel like their opponents can be dangerous to them and because of that they want to quickly part with the ball, but by words of encouragement they can be able to keep the ball and play. the 52 year old explained.
The Flamingos have so far executed seven friendlies, winning six and playing out a goalless draw in one. Two of their victories came against Nigeria Women Premier League side, Confluence Queens of Kogi.
“By the special grace of God, we are ready because what I am trying to do now is to put in place the tactical aspect of team play and understanding of set pieces. Let them understand what to do every time they have the ball,” Nikyu added.
Nigeria, quarter finalists at the 2010, 2012 and 2014 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, are in Group C alongside Korea DPR, Brazil and England.

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