Flamingoes depart for World Cup on Monday

Muhammad Tahir Hassan

Nigeria’s U17 football team “The Flamingoes” will depart the shores of Nigeria aboard an Emirates Airline flight to Jordan for the 5th FIFA U17 World Cup.

The Flamingoes, quarter –finalists at the last three editions of the championship (Trinidad and Tobago 2010, Azerbaijan 2012 and Costa Rica 2014), defeated Namibia and South Africa home and away to qualify for the finals taking place in Jordan.

Head Coach Bala Nikyu named his final list of 21 players to represent Nigeria yesterday with prolific captain Rasheedat Ajibade leading a team that also includes Cynthia Aku, Patience Dike, Peace Efih and Folashade Ijamilusi.

Nigeria plays Brazil on 1st October before matches against Korea DPR and England on 4th and 8th October respectively in the group phase.


Goalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels); Christiana Obia (Martins Whyte Doves); Agatha Thompson (Young Talent FC)

Defenders: Abidemi Ibe (Ibom Angels); Patience Dike (COD United Ladies); Ijeoma Kenneth (Rivers Angels); Ebunoluwa Adeboye (Rivers Angels); Akudo Ogbonna (FC Robo); Joy Michael (Young Talent FC); Opeyemi Sunday (Sunshine Queens), Happiness Titus (Greater Tomorrow Academy)

Midfielders: Christy Ucheibe (Capital City Doves); Peace Efih (Edo Queens); Folashade Ijamilusi (Spring Soca Academy)

Forwards: Oghenebrume Ikekhua (Delta Queens); Mercy Omokwo (Abia Angels); Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo); Arit Itu (Rivers Angels); Chidinma Okeke (FC Robo); Cynthia Aku (Rivers Angels); Mary-Ann Ezenagu (Delta Queens)