Nikyu Disappointed With Flamingoes Performance Against Ethiopia

Flamingoes coach Bala Nikyu

Flamingoes coach Bala Nikyu says he is not impressed with the performance of his team against Ethiopia despite advancing to the next round of the qualifiers for the FIFA U-17 women’s World Cup.

Flamingoes were held to a goalless draw in the second leg of their tie with Ethiopia at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin on Saturday.

“I’m highly disappointed because I never expected Ethiopia to pick a draw here,” Nikyu told reporters after the match.

Nigeria qualified for the next round despite playing a goalless draw courtesy of the 1-1 away goal in Addis Ababa in the first leg.

Coach Nikyu, however, said his team must step their game up when they face Cameroon in the final round of qualifiers.

The 6th FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals will hold in Uruguay November 20 to December 13, 2018.

Nigeria’s Flamingos have been an ever-present in the competition since it was launched in New Zealand in 2008.


Flamingoes Held By Ethiopia In U-17 World Cup Qualifier

The national women’s U-17 team, the Flamingoes, play 1-1 draw with Ethiopia in the first leg of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Addis Ababa on Sunday.

Joy Jerry gave Nigeria an 18th minute lead but the Ethiopians drew level three minutes after the hour mark when Tarikow Debiso scored for the hosts.

The second leg will be played at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City on December 16, with the winners on aggregate advancing to the final round of qualifiers scheduled for February 2018.

Nigeria have featured at the FIFA U-17 women’s World Cup finals five times.

Flamingoes Leave For Ethiopia For U-17 World Cup Qualifier

The national Under-17 women team, the Flamingoes, on Thursday departed the country for Ethiopia ahead of their Uruguay 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifier.

Flamingoes will clash with Ethiopian counterparts in Addis Ababa on Sunday, Dec. 3 in their first qualifying match for the World Cup finals.

Coach Bala Nikyu led a team of 18 players, technical crew, backroom staff to Addis Ababa.

The Flamingoes drew a bye into the second round, while Ethiopia profited from the withdrawal of first-round opponents Kenya.

The return leg will take place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City on December 16 with the winner on aggregate to proceed to the final round of qualifiers scheduled for February 2018.

Flamingoes Are Ready For World Cup, Says Nikyu  

u-17, flamingoes, Nikyu, World cupNational U-17 women’s coach, Bala Nikyu, says his team is ready for the FIFA U-17 women’s World Cup, which kicks off on September 30 in Jordan.

The Flamingoes’ will be up against Brazil during the first match that will take place on October 1.

Nikyu, who also led the Flamingoes at the last championship in Costa Rica, where Nigeria reached the quarterfinals, admitted that the players had not reached the peak of their fitness.

He, however, said he would ensure that everything is done to improve their performance ahead of the games.

A total of 30 players, alongside technical and backroom crew, have been in camp in Abuja for the past two weeks in readiness for the championship.

The Flamingoes have won all three warm up games as they intensify preparations for the tournament and Coach Nikyu said the girls will continue to work on their weak areas.

He expressed confidence in the team’s performance, noting that “Nigeria will tackle Brazil, England and 2008 champions Korea DPR, in the group stage at the 5th FIFA U-17 women’s world cup”.

Flamingoes in Good Form For World Cup

Nigeria U17 teamThe U17 Women National Team, Flamingoes have shown a rich vein of form as preparations hit new gear for the 5th FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup starting in Jordan on September 30.

Coach Bala Nikyu’s girls displayed ferocious form with three wins in three successive friendly matches in Abuja between Tuesday and Saturday.

On Tuesday, Sure Babes FC of Ilorin were the victims as Captain Rasheedat Ajibade, the team’s top scorer, hit two goals in a 4-0 win at the NFF/FIFA Goal Project pitch, in a match watched by NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, NFF Technical Director, Mr. Bitrus Bewarang and Assistant Director (Technical), Siji Lagunju.

Cynthia Aku and Patricia Innocent got the other goals.

On Thursday, the Flamingoes pipped Confluence Queens of Kogi 1-0 at the same venue, thanks to Cynthia Aku, who slotted in after the Queens’ goaltender failed to deal appropriately with a fierce shot by Captain Ajibade.

Against QFL (Queens Football League) All-Stars on Saturday, the Flamingoes went goal-wire, hitting the opposition 8-1. Ajibade was on song with a hat–trick, while Folashade Ijamilusi and Chidinma Okeke hit a brace each, and Cynthia Aku scored once.

Coach Nikyu said: “These matches have shown us exactly where we are, and we will continue to work on our weak areas. Our target is to ensure that the girls play as a team, have good control of the ball and achieve better coordination on the field.

“We are also working on their confidence level. They need to approach each game with a level of confidence, without under-rating any team. Certainly, we are going to play more friendly matches before the World Cup.”

Nigeria will tackle Brazil, England and 2008 champions Korea DPR in the group stage at the 5th FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, taking place in Jordan on September 30 to October 21, 2016.

The Flamingoes’ first match is against Brazil on 1st October, Nigeria’s Independence Day.

Roundup On ‘Sports This Morning’ – April 4, 2014

Sports This MorningThis is the Friday edition of ‘Sports This Morning’ on your award winning Channels Television.

Yemi Adebayo takes us on a trip starting with top stories in the world of sports.

The countdown to FIFA World Cup, Brazil 2014 continues with 69 days to the biggest football event on the planet; we look at the readiness of Brazil to host the world and also focus one of the teams that the world would be expecting to make clear statements at the tournament, the Azzurri.

Meanwhile, the question on everybody’s lips is who wins the Women’s FIFA U-17 World Cup? Is it going to be Japan or Spain? You may have found out the winner but the analysis on this edition of the show would be a delight.

In the Nigerian Glo Premier League, the League Management Company has granted Nembe City FC provisional admission into the league after the club met conditions set by the body.

We also bring you some analysis of the great boxing match-up that promises to be a classic. Timothy Bradley says he is ready to prove doubters wrong by beating Filipino boxer Manny Pacquaio in their scheduled rematch.

Let’s also take you to South America, Argentina to be precise, as Boca Juniors takes on River Plate.


U-17 Women’s World Cup: Nigeria through to Quarterfinals, beat Colombia 3-nil

A brace by Halimatu Ayinde at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup has sent Nigeria to the quarter-finals of the tournament, beating Colombia 3-0.

The Nigerian girls had to wait until the 32nd minute to open the scoring, with Chinwendu Ihezuo feeding Ayinde to slot beneath the Colombian keeper.

After being limited to few chances despite dominating possession, the Flamingoes had the ball in the net, 15 minutes into the second period, but it was ruled out for a foul.

The Colombian Captain, Dayana Castillo almost drew level after breaking clear, but she was denied the chance and seconds later, they were two down.

Substitute Yetunde Adeboyejo combined well with Ayinde before the latter stroked the ball in off the bar.

Colombia’s hopes were dashed when Diana Duaret scored an own-goal for Nigeria with a miscued header.

The victory pitches the Flamingoes against the French team that emerged victorious from Group B.

U-17 Women’s World Cup: Nigeria wallop Azerbaijan 11- 0

Nigeria’s Flamingoes on Tuesday demolished Azerbaijan 11-0 at the on-going FIFA U-17 Women’s World cup sending the host country out of the tournament.

Striker Chinwendu Ihezuo plundered 5 goals to increase her tally to 6 goals and making her one of the top scorers in the competition.

Halimatu Ayinde and Tessy Biahwo bagged a brace each while Joy Bokiri and Aminat Yakubu scored one each to secure Nigeria’s biggest victory in any FIFA World Cup tournament.

Azerbaijan thus has conceded 14 goals and also recorded the worst performance by host of any FIFA World Cup.

Flamingoes coach warns against complacency

Flamingoes have been warned by their coach not to get all laid back as the team will be going into the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup tournament holding in Azerbaijan later in the month of September.

Flamingoes are in Group A with Azerbaijan, Colombia and Canada in a tournament that will start from September 22 to October 13.

The Flamingoes Coach, Peter Dedevbo charged the team especially his strikers to deliver against any team they meet that is do magic in front of goalpost by scoring goals.

Presently, the team is in Portugal where their training tour was scheduled as the team is straining themselves out with warm-up matches, cooking up several strategies plus rigorous training but the coach is still insisting that everything still boils down to the tournament proper which the tournament holding in Azerbaijan.

The coach charged the team to take every chance at goal by making it count that he is confidence that the team will deliver.

Flamingoes head for Faro training camp

Flamingoes the under 17 female team has headed for their Faro training camp where they will be for two weeks as they landed in Turkey, Istanbul and they will be expected to land Faro this evening ahead of the FIFA Women’s Under17 World Cup which begins in Azerbaijan on September 22.

The trip to Turkey was made yesterday by a 23-man contingent and they departed the Murtala Mohammed International airport around 10 pm Nigerian time yesterday and landed at Istanbul in the early hours of today.

However, on a sad note four members of the squad were stopped from proceeding with the contingent due to irregularities in their travel documents and they are midfielder, Chidinma Eze, striker, Oluchi Ofoegbu and coaches Mansur Abdullahi and Taiwo Asiwajo but we were told that they will join the rest of the team in Faro, Portugal on Thursday.

Flamingoes will be starting off their campaign by locking horns with Canada in Baku on September 22, while they will be clashing with the host country in Lakaran on September 25th after which they will meet Colombia for their final preliminary campaign in the competition in Baku on September 29th.