Women U-21 World Cup: Coach Nkiyu names 25 for Nigeria

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List would be trimmed to 21 at the end of the tour.

The head coach of the Nigeria U17 Women team Bala Nkiyu has picked 25 players for the training tour billed for Faro, Portugal in the final phase of their preparation for the 2014 FIFA U-17 women World Cup in Costa Rica.

A 33-man delegation of the Nigeria U17 national team made up 25 players and eight officials departed Abuja by 11 p.m. on Friday, for a training tour of Faro, Portugal aboard a Lufthansa Airline flight.

On board were familiar faces like Captain Tessy Kesiena and Chinwendu Ihezuo who both starred at the last U17women World Cup in Azerbaijan.

On the list also were Uchenna Kanu, Esther Elijah, Ugochi Emenayo, Aminat Yakubu, Cynthia Aku, Mary Ologbosere, Joy Duru, Joy Bokiri as goalkeeper, Onyinyechi Okeke, Ginika Ikeh and Onyebuchi Goodness.

The Flamingoes will be involved in an international friendly match against Belgium U17 women team in Brussels on March 4.  Other tune-up games will come up against some clubs in Portugal during a 19-day training camp at the Browns Sport and Leisure Club in Faro, Portugal.

The Nigeria U17 women will return to Faro from Brussels and then fly from Madrid, Spain, to San Jose, capital of Costa Rica, on 12 March, with their first match of the tournament against China on 16 March.

Nigeria will trade tackles with China, Mexico, and Colombia in Group D at the tournament that will be played across four stadiums, three in San Jose and another in Liberia.

The 25-man list is expected at the end of the training tour to be trimmed to 21 for the 4th FIFA U17 Women Finals in Costa Rica, taking place from 15 March to 5 April this year.
Full Players’ list 

Goalkeepers 

Vincent Mercy (Confluence Queens), Okeke Onyinyechi Patience (Inneh Queens), Dike Patience Ndidi (COD United Ladies), Fubiana Briggs (Pelican Stars).

Defenders 

Ologbosere Mary Nunumwen (Ibom Angels), Duru Joy Ndidi (Nasarawa Amazons), Emenayo Ugochi Cynthia (Nasarawa Amazons), Elijah Esther Olubunmi (Osun Babes), Mene Augusta Efe (Nasarawa Amazons), Anibaba Ayominde Awawu (FC Robo), Obidiya Alex Faith (Pelican Stars), Chika Edeh (Nasarawa Amazons), Dike Patience Ndidi (COD United Ladies). 

Midfielders 

Biawo Tessy Kesiena (Delta Queens), ljeh Eluwemunor Desire (Delta Queens), Onyebuchi Ihuoma Goodness (Rivers Angels), Bokiri Joy Ebinemiere (Bayelsa Queens), Ginika Ikeh(Confluence Queens).

Forwards 

Aku Cynthia Onyedikachi (Rivers Angels), Ajibade Rashidat Busayo (FC Robo), Chinwendu Veronica Ihezuo (Pelican Stars), Kanu Uchenna Grace (Pelican Stars), Ikechukwu Vivian Obianuju –(COD United ladies), Yakubu Aminat (Rivers Angels), Agams Nkechinyere – (COD United ladies). 

Team Officials 

Bala Nkiyu (Head Coach), Ann Chiejine (Assistant Coach), Latif Yusuf (Goalkeeper Trainer), Larai Garba (Team Doctor), Amaka Enebe (Physiotherapist), Dupe Oyewale (Team Coordinator), Taiye Abawa (Team Secretary), Jennifer Okoye (Media Officer).


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