25 Flamingoes for Portugal training
Nigeria coach Bala Nkiyu has picked 25 players for a training tour of Portugal ahead of the 2014 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.
A 33-man delegation of the Nigeria U17 team made up 25 players and eight officials departed Abuja by 11pm on Friday for a training tour of Faro, Portugal, aboard a Lufthansa Airline flight.
Expectedly on board were captain Biawo Tessy Kesiena, Chinwendu Ihezuo, who both starred at the last U17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan.
On the list also are Uchenna Kanu, Esther Elijah, Ugochi Emenayo, Aminat Yakubu, Cynthia Aku, Mary Ologbosere, Joy Duru and Joy Bokiri.
The Flamingoes will play a friendly against their Belgian counterparts in Brussels on March 4 and other tune-up games with some clubs in Portugal during a 19-day training camp at the Browns Sport and Leisure Club in Faro, Portugal.
The Nigeria U17 women will return to Faro from Brussels and then fly from Madrid, Spain to San Jose, capital of Costa Rica, on March 12, with their first match of the tournament against China on March 16.
Nigeria will trade tackle with China, Mexico and Colombia in Group D at the tournament that will be played across four stadiums, three in San Jose and another in Liberia.
The 25-man list is expected at the end of the training tour to be trimmed to 21 for the 4th FIFA U17 Women Finals in Costa Rica, taking place between March 15 and April 5.
FULL SQUAD LIST:
Goalkeepers: Vincent Mercy (Confluence Queens), Okeke Onyinyechi Patience (Inneh Queens), Dike Patience Ndidi (COD United Ladies), Fubiana Briggs (Pelican Stars)
Defenders: Ologbosere Mary Nunumwen (Ibom Angels), Duru Joy Ndidi (Nasarawa Amazons), Emenayo Ugochi Cynthia (Nasarawa Amazons), Elijah Esther Olubunmi (Osun Babes), Mene Augusta Efe (Nasarawa Amazons), Anibaba Ayominde Awawu (FC Robo), Obidiya Alex Faith (Pelican Stars), Chika Edeh (Nasarawa Amazons), Dike Patience Ndidi (COD United Ladies).
Midfielders: Biawo Tessy Kesiena (Delta Queens), ljeh Eluwemunor Desire (Delta Queens), Onyebuchi Ihuoma Goodness (Rivers Angels), Bokiri Joy Ebinemiere (Bayelsa Queens), Ginika Ikeh (Confluence Queens)
Forwards: Aku Cynthia Onyedikachi (Rivers Angels), Ajibade Rashidat Busayo (FC Robo), Chinwendu Veronica Ihezuo (Pelican Stars), Kanu Uchenna Grace (Pelican Stars), Ikechukwu Vivian Obianuju –(COD United ladies), Yakubu Aminat (Rivers Angels), Agams Nkechinyere – (COD United ladies)
Team officials: Bala Nkiyu (Head Coach), Ann Chiejine (Assistant Coach), Latif Yusuf (Goalkeeper Trainer), Larai Garba (Team Doctor), Amaka Enebe (Physiotherapist), Dupe Oyewale (Team Coordinator), Taiye Abawa (Team Secretary), Jennifer Okoye (Media Officer).