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Coach Nikyu Confident As Flamingoes Fly To Cameroon For U-17 WWC Clash

Coach Nikyu Confident As Flamingoes Fly To Cameroon For U-17 WWC Clash

By Johnny Edward: Nigeria’s U-17 women national team, the Flamingoes, will depart the shores of the country on Friday aboard Asky Airlines from Abuja to Yaounde for the second leg clash of the 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifying fixture against their Cameroonian counterparts a media statement from the Nigerian Football Federation has revealed.

Both teams played out a 2-2 draw in the the first leg at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City a fortnight ago.


Bala Nikyu who coached the team at the two last editions of the FIFA World Cup, however remains confident that his girls will beat Cameroon to qualify for the sixth edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

The tournament takes place from 13 November to 1 December 2018.

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“The Cameroonian girls were too physical for my girls in the first leg but we have devised means to beat them in the Yaounde on Sunday,” Nikyu told CSN.

“We have trained well and we pray for luck as well in the game.”

Nigeria have never failed to qualify for the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup.

The Flamingos were part of the inaugural party in New Zealand in 2008, and also featured at the 2010 (Trinidad and Tobago), 2012 (Azerbaijan), 2014 (Costa Rica) and 2016 (Jordan) editions.

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  • I pray we beat the Cameroon girls silly..we wojld qualify. …cheers

  • PapaFem 4 years ago

    The Cameroonians were too physical for your girls? And as a good coach you claim to be, you didn’t know what to do to counter that physicality? Did you play against men? You’re no stranger to the Cameroonians. Even their men play that way. I remember in 2006 AWCON, in the group stage, we came up against them in Harare. More than 3 of our players were stretched out injured. Titilayo Mekuleyi was bleeding all over. In fact, you’d not know if it was a kungfu or a football match. In the end, we drew 2:2. Having seen that, our coach then Godwin Izilen went to the drawing board. When we met them again in the final, it was a complete whitewash. 5:0. Ask your seniors how they did it, instead of crying like a baby. We’ve never missed any world cup competition at this stage. I hope it won’t stop on yp

    • @ PapaFem You don kill me with laughter ooh ooo!….”if it was a kungfu or a football match.”

      I dare say that physicality has only minimal payback in today’s soccer style. Our national teams should gradually phase out this approach if we intend to make significant impact at the world stage. Fluid, skillful play thumps brute physicality any day. That was how Morocco recently defeated Nigeria at CHAN. We bulldozed our way into the final, but when faced with a technically sound team, we broke down miserably. Yes, one can teach an OLD DOG new tricks. Our coaches should have a rethink and come out with a national style that emphasizes sleek performance.

      • PapaFem 4 years ago

        Brilliant, my brother! In fact a team that relies on robust and physical technique will be an easy meat anytime any day to their counterparts with sufficient fluidity. All you need to do is ‘motorize’ your play with crisp passes and avoid too much contact. They will only bully you when they get close. But when you counter that with one-touch football powered by speed and super goalscoring decisions in the final third, you’ll simply reduce them kicking the air and not you. Morocco did that to us like you said. They finished us from the wings, knowing full well that our full backs are always out of positions. Truth is, I don’t like local coaches handling our national teams. Because they seem do archaic in their approaches. They are often lost in action and get confused when the chips are down. To cover their failure, the create heaps of excuses, or look for something to blame. They should sack him if we didn’t qualify. Rubbish

  • Acjonz 4 years ago

    I don’t know what is the problem with this team but I remember there last match against Ethiopia it was an
    away goal rule that help them qualify but i still hope and pray for the miracle to be able to overcome the lioness

  • PapaFem 4 years ago

    They lost out. Its a shame