U-17 World Cup qualifier: Zambia delegation arrives Thursday

Ahead of this weekend’s make or mar final qualifying match for the 2012 U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbijan, a 26-person Zambian delegation is expected to fly into Nigeria at noon on Thursday.

Ademola Olajire, the Media officer of the Nigeria Football Federation disclosed that the delegation will be immediately driven to Abeokuta; the venue of the match in a well-secured convoy.

Nigeria’s Flamingoes won the first leg 2-1 in Lusaka with second half goals by Patience Okaeme and Halimat Ayinde, to be in pole position for one of Africa’s three tickets to this year’s World Cup finals.

Though the Zambians complained that injury to some key players hampered them from winning at home, Coach Beauty Mwamba remains optimistic they can pull a surprise in Abeokuta.Match officials Meanwhile, highly respected Senegalese FIFA woman referee, Fadouma Dia, will be at the centre during Saturdays 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup African final qualifying match between Nigeria and Zambia, at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta. Dia will be supported by compatriots Die Alse Sylla (1st Assistant), Adua Issue Cisse (2nd Assistant) and Amina Fall (4th Official). The Match Commissioner is Hilda Addah from Ghana. In other matches, Gambia will fly to Tunis to take on Tunisia while South Africa, who could only force the Ghanaian Princesses to a 0-0 in Johannesburg, are in for a tough duel in Accra. Nigeria participated at the two previous editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup (New Zealand 2008 and Trinidad and Tobago 2010) and are already looking good for a third successive appearance.

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