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Flamingoes aiming for greater heights: Under-17 Women’s World Cup
The girls are back in town! Barely 2 weeks after the end of the Under-20 Women’s World Cup in which Nigeria’s representatives, the Falconets, reached the semi-finals, another tournament beckons. This time, it is the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup which will be taking place in Azerbaijan from 22 September to 13 October.
Nigeria reached the quarter-finals in the last edition 2 years ago after a hard fought match against South Korea in which they narrowly lost 6-5. The South Koreans eventually won the tournament.
This time, the team is aiming higher.
Speaking on www.fifa.com, Coach Peter Dedevbo, who was also in charge of the team 2 years ago, said: “My expectation is to go past the quarter-final where we were eliminated at the last World Cup.”
The Flamingoes do battle in Group ‘A’ against the hosts, Colombia and Canada with their first match on 22 September in Baku against Powerhouse Canada. “All the teams in our group and indeed the world are good teams; there are no minnows in football anymore,” said Coach Peter Dedevbo.
The young ladies from Nigeria have also been echoing the sentiments of their coach.
On www.fifa.com, Oluchi Ofoegbu said: “We will qualify from our first round group and from then on, anything is possible. We have so much confidence that this team can go all the way this time.”
While skipper (and Rivers Angels ace) Victoria Aidelomon said: “Nothing would give me a bigger thrill than to lead this team to a final victory on 13 October.”
At the inaugural competition in New Zealand in 2008, the Flamingoes crashed out in the first round, before their remarkable improvement in Trinidad and Tobago 2 years ago.
More grease to their elbows.
Adeola Bankole is the Chief Sports writer www.afrofooty.com