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”.

Dogara Congratulates Golden Eaglets

Dogara Congratulates Golden EagletsThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated Nigeria’s Under-17 national team, the Golden Eaglets over their victory at the world championship in Chile.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, on Monday, Dogara said that the Golden Eaglets have done Nigeria and Nigerians proud.

“I congratulate the nation’s U17 national team over this historic victory over Mali.

“You have done us proud and demonstrated that with hard-work and unity of purpose, we can surmount our challenges and emerge victorious as a nation.

“I doff my hat for these young patriots who have written their names in gold in the annals of Nigeria’s soccer history”, he said.

The Speaker who hailed the ‘indomitable team spirit’ exhibited by the players throughout the tournament, said that the team played the classical Nigerian pattern of football against their opponents.

“Special congratulation goes to the technical team led by Emmanuel Amuneke who put in so much effort in selecting the winning team.

“I want to use this medium to call on authorities of the nation’s football and other sports to harness talents of young men and women in our country”, Dogara said.

He said that football has over time proved to be one thing that had continued to unite Nigerians.

“We should emulate the Golden Eaglets who, though of different background and religion, put aside their difference to win this prestigious trophy for Nigeria.

“These young men have proved their mettle, we all need to encourage them to go for higher heights. I look forward to meeting with the team when they return home”, he added.

He noted that the task ahead of the Golden Eaglets’ handlers is to keep the team together and groom them for bigger competitions in the future.

Dogara added, “Nigeria has abundant sporting talents with potentials to rule the world if properly harnessed”.

The Golden Eaglets on Monday, retained their U-17 World Cup title after beating African champions Mali 2-0 in the final in Chile.