U-17 World Cup: Nigeria’s Flamingos Begin Campaign Against Germany Today

Nigeria’s Flamingos begin their campaign at the 2022 U-17 Women’s World Cup when they face Germany on Tuesday.


Flamingos’ best outings were quarter-final finishes on three occasions. [email protected]
Flamingos’ best outings were quarter-final finishes on three occasions. [email protected]

 

Nigeria’s Flamingos begin their campaign at the 2022 U-17 Women’s World Cup when they face Germany on Tuesday.

Coach Bankole Olowookere’s side are in Group  B of the competition taking place in India. Aside from the Europeans, the lot also has Chile and New Zealand.

The youngsters will clash at the Pandit Jawaharlal Stadium in Goa from 8.00 p.m. (4:00 pm Nigerian time), hours after the group’s other side – Chile and New Zealand – do battle on the same pitch.

Since its inception in 2008, Nigeria have qualified for all editions of the competition – except the 2018 tournament –  but have never gone past the quarter-finals.  This year’s competition, which was billed for 2020 but move due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is the seventh edition. En route to reaching the finals in India, the Flamingos beat DR Congo, Egypt, and Ethiopia in the African qualifiers.

Their best outings were in 2010, 2012, and 2014 where they finished in the last eight. As part of their preparations for the age-grade competition, Nigeria had a 10-day camp in Turkey, playing some friendly matches.

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‘A Good Challenge’

In India, Coach Bankole is expecting his team to hit the ground.

“We are excited to be starting the tournament by playing against one of the strongest women’s teams in the universe. It is a good challenge because if you’re going to win trophies, you must beat the best teams,” the Nigeria Football Federation quoted him as saying.

“Our focus is on getting the three points at stake, which will boost our confidence for the remaining games of the group phase and going forward in the competition.”

The continent also has other representatives – Morocco and Tanzania. The North Africans are playing hosts India, USA, and Brazil in Group A while Tanzania take on Japan, Canada, and France in Group D.

Time For Nigeria Vs Germany U-17 Women’s World Cup Game

As noted earlier, the match time for the U-17 Women’s World Cup game between Nigeria and German is 4:00 pm (WAT).

21 FLAMINGOS TO FLY NIGERIA’S FLAG IN INDIA:

Nigeria earlier called up 21 players for the competition as seen below: 

Goalkeepers: Faith Omilana; Linda Jiwuaku; Jessica Inyiama

Defenders: Olamide Oyinlola; Josephine Edafe; Comfort Folorunsho; Miracle Usani; Tumininu Adeshina; Blessing Sunday; Alase Attervall; Immaculata Offiong

Midfield: Chidera Okenwa; Blessing Emmanuel; Mary Aderemi; Bisola Mosaku; Taiwo Afolabi

Forward: Omowunmi Bello; Opeyemi Ajakaye; Edidiong Etim; Alvine Dah-Zossu; Yetunde Ayantosho

Full Grouping For U-17 Women’s World Cup

GROUP A: India, USA, Morocco, Brazil

GROUP B: Germany, Nigeria, Chile, New Zealand

GROUP C: Spain, Colombia, Mexico, China

GROUP D: Japan, Tanzania, Canada, France