The Flamingoes say they are looking towards the Golden Eaglets for inspiration in their quest for a first world title – at the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, which kicks off in Costa Rica on Saturday.
Nigeria, who have participated in the three previous editions of the competition, are pitted against China, Mexico and Colombia in Group D
The Flamingoes open their Costa Rica 2014 campaign against China in Alajuela on Sunday and the team believe they can emulate the Eaglets (the national men’s team), who won the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last year. Nigeria made history as the first team to win the championship for the fourth time, having ruled the category in 1985, 1993 and 2007.
The Flamingoes assistant coach Ann Chiejine; assistant captain Uchenna Kanu; and defender Mary Ologbosere believe Nigeria have what it takes to become the first African team to win the Under-17 Women’s World Cup title.
“The Golden Eaglets’ victory in the UAE has given the girls the confidence that they can do it too. So, the girls will put in everything they have, former Super Falcons goalkeeper Chiejine was quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria as saying on Friday.
“We have prepared enough, right from Nigeria where we played a series of friendly matches.
“I believe we have done everything we should do in terms of the tactics, as well as the technical and physical aspect of it, and the girls have adapted well to it all.
“There is understanding and cohesion in the team and we are not going to leave any stone unturned and we will do our best. I think the girls are in high spirits and raring to go.”
Kanu and Ologbosere say the Flamingoes can follow in the footsteps of their men’s counterparts “because of the way their team has been well built in all the game’s departments”.
Nigeria coach Bala Nkiyu will bank on Chinwendu Ihezuo, who was the second highest scorer at Azerbaijan in 2012.
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