The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has declared its preparedness to see the U17 female national team, Flamingos perform well during the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022.
The age-grade tournament will take place in Bhubaneswar, Goa and Navi Mumbai and will be played between 11 and 30 October 2022, with the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai hosting the final.
The NFF through its Director of Competition, Ruth David made this known while the girls were being hosted by the High Commissioner of India, His Excellency, Gangaharan Balasubramanian yesterday hosted at the India High Commission in Abuja.
Players and officials of the team, which will represent Africa at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup being hosted by India from 11th – 30th October, were on a visit to the High Commission to secure entry visas into India when the High Commissioner opted to have lunch with the team.
While receiving the team, His Excellency Balasubramanian expressed his excitement: “I am very happy to see you all; it is indeed an honour to host you. I want to wish you the best of luck during the World Cup competition in India. We hope to see the next Oshoala and Ordega in this team.”
NFF’s Director of Competition, Ruth David, who was at the head of the group to the High Commission thanked the High Commissioner for his hospitality.
“On behalf of the President, Board and Management of Nigeria Football Federation, we thank the High Commissioner for this hospitality and we want to assure you that the NFF appreciates your understanding and cooperation at all times that we require the same.
“The Flamingos are already looking forward to being in India and to savour the beauty of the country, and also to put up a good attitude on and off the pitch.”
Meanwhile, Wilfred Ndidi is out of the friendly matches between Nigeria and Algeria, the NFF has announced.
The Super Eagles are set to face the ‘Algeria B team’ this weekend and the main team later on Tuesday.
The Eagles Coach, Jose Peseiro, approved that the three-time African champions have a training game against Algeria’s ‘B’ squad on Saturday ahead of the official game against the Fennecs (Algeria’s ‘A’ team) in Oran on Tuesday evening.
Ndidi is just making a return to the national team duties after missing the key World Cup playoff matches against the Black Stars of Ghana.