By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Coach of Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership side, Naija Ratels FC who also double as the coach of the Nigeria Under 17 girls (Flamingos), Bankole Olowookeere have selected 20 players for the Flamingos opening qualifiers against the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Nigeria’s U17 girls, Flamingos will kickstart their chase for a ticket to this year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals with a second round, first leg tie against their counterparts of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa on Sunday, March 6, 2022.
The Flamingos, quarter finalists at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup finals in 2010, 2012 and 2014, have been in camp for some weeks in the Federal Capital (FCT, Abuja and Head Coach Bankole Olowookere has selected 20 players who will do the battle with the characteristically –feisty Congolese on Sunday.
The players list for the first leg was published in a release by NFF Communications Department on Thursday.
In the squad are two goalkeepers, seven defenders, four midfielders and seven forwards.
Nigeria have participated in every edition of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, bar one, since the tournament was launched in New Zealand in 2018. The only finals the Flamingos have missed remain the 2018 finals staged in Uruguay, when they were tripped at the final hurdle by Cameroon on the away-goal rule.
The return leg is scheduled for the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City on Saturday, 19th March, with the winner over two legs to clash with the Egyptian U17 girls in the third round of the African qualifying campaign next month.
The Nigeria delegation to Kinshasa will depart the shores of Nigeria on Friday.
FLAMINGOS HEADING TO KINSHASA
Goalkeepers: Faith Omilana; Linda Jiwuaku
Defenders: Blessing Sunday; Comfort Folorunsho; Confidence Uwoha; Tumininu Adeshina; Mamuzo Edafe; Miracle Usani; Olamide Oyinlola
Midfielders: Blessing Emmanuel; Taiwo Afolabi; Chidera Okenwa; Aminat Bello
Forwards: Sofiat Bankole; Dah-Zossu Alvine; Anastasia Atume; Kafayat Bashiru; Raheemot Adebayo; Joy Igbokwe; Opeyemi Ajakaye
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