THE women’s National Under-17 soccer team, the Flamengoes, would have the opportunity of testing their might against big teams from other parts of the world ahead of this year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Director of Competitions, Sanusi Mohammed, who made this disclosure, said that the federation would not take chances, as some of the players would be at the World Cup for the first time.
‘The NFF is not going to leave any thing to chance. We are going to organise quality matches for them in preparation for the task ahead, bearing in mind that some of them will be featuring for the first time,’ Sanusi said.
‘We need to remove the inferiority complex they might be feeling, so we are going to organise foreign matches.’
He explained that countries, which played the same pattern of football with countries that have qualified for the tournament, would be NFF’s choice for the friendly matches.
‘We will first of all look at countries that play the same pattern of football with the ones that have qualified. If it is possible, we will also play with some of those countries that have qualified,’ he said.
Sanusi, however, urged the Flamingoes to remain focussed and disciplined, saying no matter how skilful they were, discipline should be of paramount importance.
‘My advice to them is that they should remain focussed, especially in their training and ethics.
‘Discipline is the watchword, without discipline and focus they may fall by the wayside, no matter how skillful they are.
‘So, I implore them to use those virtues that go with the game. If they can be disciplined and focussed, they would go a long way at the World Cup,’ he said.
The FIFA U-17 Women World Cup is scheduled to hold from September 22 – October 13 in Azerbaijan.
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