Flamingos training ahead Guinea clash, Sunday Blessing (middle) with Anu Salisu and Hannah Yusuf

By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF has written to the Federal Government, FG and the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in order to ensure that the Nigerian Under 17 and Under 20 girls will be able to return to training ahead of their World Cup qualifying games, www.kick442.com can report.

It should be noted that football activities including team trainings remain on suspension in Nigeria based on directives from the NFF, Sports Ministry, and Federal Government due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to ensure that the Flamingos and Falconets prepare well enough for their FIFA World Cup qualifying clashes, NFF according to the communiqué issued at the end of it’s Executive Committee meeting on Monday has written to the Federal Government in order to give the teams training waiver.

“Pertaining to the preparation of the U20 and the U17 Women National Teams for upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying matches, the Board announced that having written to the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for a special waiver to call the girls to camp, it would await response from the Government before making any moves for the camping programme.” The communiqué read.

The Ghanian government has already given their U-17 Womens side the permission to commence training ahead of their clash with Nigeria next month.

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Flamingos will fight it out with Ghana for one of three Africa’s qualification slots with the first leg expected to take place in August. It is thus expedient for the players to resume training ahead of the final qualifying round against their West African rivals.

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