Chief Coach of Nigeria’s Under-17 women’s national team the Flamingos Bankole Olowookere has expressed optimism that his team will do well at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup billed to hold from October 11 to 30 in India, reports Completesports.com.
Olowookere who has been in camp in Abuja since August 30 said the Flamingos have trained to the point of pain and are almost ready to go.
Nigeria will play in Group B which also has Germany, Chile, and New Zealand
“We have been working very hard and playing a series of warm-up games and the response to training and game plan by the girls is what is giving me the optimism that we are going to India to do well. I know our group is a very difficult one with Germany, New Zealand, and Chile, but we will try and qualify for the knockout stage and forge ahead,” Olowookere told Completesports.com.
“I won’t say we are ready now but with the planned training tour proposed by the NFF and a little more tactical tweak in the way we played in the qualifying matches, we shall be a big threat to any country in India. I hope to trim the team to competition size before we travel probably next week.”
Asked how much he knows about Nigeria’s group opponents, Olowookere retorted: “I don’t know much, but the little we know we are working on. I hope to get clips of some of their qualifying matches to prepare for every game. We shall respect all our opponents, but we shall not fear them”
Completesports.com gathered that the Flamingos are scheduled to camp in Turkey for one week where they are expected to play one or two friendly matches before jetting to India for the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
By Richard Jideaka, Abuja
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