Costa Rica 2014: Nigeria’s U17 Women Coach names 21 players

Nigeria is among 3 countries to represent Africa.

Forward Uchenna Kanu alongside 20 others has been selected by Flamingos Coach, Bala Nkiyu, for the FIFA U17 World Cup which gets underway in Costa Rica.

The tournament holds from March 15 to April 4.

Kanu is among the five strikers selected in the Nigeria squad for the cadet women championships which has 15 other countries also in contention.

In a chat with fifa.com, Coach Nkiyu, who took over the U17 Women team shortly before the scheduled qualifiers against South Sudan, said that he is confident his side will prove tough in Costa Rica, even though they have not played a competitive game since the last World Cup.

“I will not predict how we will finish because you have to respect your opponents, but I am sure we will have a good team.”Nkiyu, who served as assistant to Coach Uche Eucharia at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, said.

“Nigerian women’s football has traditionally been very strong in Africa, and we are challenging globally at youth level. With good preparations, we will be a force to be reckoned with in Costa Rica,” said Nkiyu, who has also coached teams in Nigeria’s Premier League.

Nigeria qualified for the finals of the under-17 competition without playing a single match.

Nigeria qualified after South Sudan pulled out of the two-legged qualifiers.

Ghana and Zambia are the other Africa flag bearers at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup

Full list of Nigeria’s squad
Goalkeepers
1 Mercy VINCENT
16 Fubiana BRIGGS
21 Onyinyechukwu OKEKE

Defenders

2 Mary OLOGBOSERE
3 Patience DIKE
5 Ugochi EMENAYO
6 Esther ELIJAH
11 Faith ALEX
12 Joy DURU
13 Ayomide ANIBABA
17 Augustar MENE

Midfielders

4 Ihuoma ONYEBUCHI
8 Joy BOKIRI
9 Aminat YAKUBU
10 Tessy BIAHWO
20 Eluemunor IJEH

Forwards

7 Vivian IKECHUKWU
14 Rasheedat AJIBADE
15 Uchenna KANU
18 Cynthia AKU
19 Chinwendu IHEZUO

Coach

BALA Nikyu


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