Costa Rica 2014: Flamingos welcome Ghana tough test for World Cup



Youth Minister Bolaji AbdullahiHead Coach of the Nigeria U-17 women, Bala Nkiyu has described the scheduled double-headed friendly matches with their Ghanaian counterparts “as a welcome development”.
Both teams are among African representatives for the 4th FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup taking place in Costa Rica from 15th March to 4th April, 2014. Earlier in the week, the Nigeria Football Federation and the Ghana Football Association finalised arrangements for a two-leg friendly between the U-17 girls.
Nkiyu said that the friendly against Ghana will be a good and tough test for his wards in view of their preparation for the World Cup. Nkiyu applauded the commitment and sacrifices of the Nigeria Football Federation to ensure the team gets the best of preparation for the
competition.
“Sincerely, immediately we got the news, I, my technical crew and players were delighted. We are grateful to the Federation for availing us such a good test match against Ghana, as we both will be playing at the World Cup.”
The one-time Super Falcons assistant coach however, urged the players to give it the fight of their life when they face the Ghanaians, admitting that their West African neighbors and rivals will not be any easy nut to crack.
He also said that he has encouraged his wards to go all out for victory in their final training tour friendly against Delta Queens.
“I’ve spoken to the players that they need to step up their games and prove we are indomitable by any side in the World. Playing Ghana will be a tough one for us, but it came at the right time for us to know our strength. We have a game against Delta Queens tomorrow; I told them, we need nothing but victory,” he added.
The first leg of the two-leg friendly against Ghana will take place at the National Stadium, Abuja on Sunday, 2nd February, while the return leg will be played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday, 9th February.
The Nigeria U-17 girls will play Delta Queens at 4pm Nigerian time on Wednesday in Oleh Delta state.

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