Bala Nkiyu's team will embark on three weeks training tour of Faro next Tuesday to intensify preparations for the World Cup in Costa Rica later in MarchThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has concluded arrangement for the delegation of U17 women national team to depart the country’s capital on a training tour of Faro, Portugal on Tuesday, February 19. In a chat with Goal, Jennifer Okoye, the spokesperson of the Nigeria U17 girls said coach Bala Nkiyu and his team are prepared for the arranged tour by the country’s football governing body.
“The players and technical crew are fully prepared for the tour of Faro. The team hopes to make judicious use of the tour to Europe as they intensify our preparations, and are grateful to the Federation for the arranged tour,” Okoye said.
However, Mohammed Sanusi, the NFF’s Director of Competitions, said that the arranged tour was part of the preparation for Costa Rica 2014 U-17 World Cup.
Sanusi said the NFF had confidence in the team’s technical crew and the players to perform well, going by the preparations they have been having.
Sanusi confirmed that the Flamingoes would be in Faro for three weeks before proceeding to Costa Rica for the World Cup scheduled for March 15 to April 4.
“The team will be leaving Nigeria on February 19 on a three-week training tour to Faro, Portugal. This is for them to acclimatise, in view of the weather over there in Costa Rica, and for them to play some friendly matches before the competition starts,” Sanusi said.
The girls completed a two-leg victory over Ghana U17 women 3-0 and 2-1 respectively in the space of seven days after the Nigeria U17 girls finished their tour of the Federation to play top country women clubs. They defeated Nasarawa Amazons 2-1, lost 1-3 to Rivers Angels and drew 1-1 with Delta Queens.
The Nigeria girls will feature alongside Mexico, China and Colombia in the Pool D of the cadet tournament.
Nigeria, Ghana and Zambia are African representatives to the FIFA U17 Women World Cup. ------------------- goal.com