Flamingoes begin training tour Febuary 19
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday in Abuja said the national under-17 women team would leave for a training tour of Faro, Portugal on Wednesday, Feb. 19.
NFF’s Director of Competitions, Mohammed Sanusi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the tour was part of preparations for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.
Sanusi said the team, known as 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 Feb. 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,” he said.
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.
NAN reports that the Flamingoes qualified for the fourth edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup without kicking a ball after South Sudan withdrew from the African qualifiers.
The team has been drawn in Group D with Mexico, China and Colombia for the tournament.