Women's U17 World Cup: Ghana to play Nigeria in two friendlies next month
Nigeria have agreed to play a two-legged friendly against Ghana for their female Under-17 teams in preparation for the Women’s Under-17 World Cup which comes up in March.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have confirmed that Nigeria’s female Under-17 team, the Flamingoes will play and their Ghanaian counterparts.
The two matches will be played early next month.
The friendly is coming at the request of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) who reached out to the NFF through their General Secretary, Emmanuel Gyimah in a letter dated 23rd January.
The NFF responded positively to the request by the GFA through another letter the following day, signed by General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu.
The first leg of the international friendly is expected to take place at the Abuja National Stadium on Sunday, 2nd February with the return leg to be played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday, 9th February.
Nigeria, Ghana and Zambia have qualified to represent Africa at the 4th Fifa U-17 Women’s World Cup taking place in Costa Rica between March 15 – April 4.
The Flamingoes who are currently on a nationwide tour that has seen them play a number of friendly games against top rated clubsides qualified for the World Cup without kicking a ball, following the withdrawal of South Sudan.
“The girls will return from their tour of the Federation to play the two-legged friendly fixture with Ghana, and then travel to Faro, Portugal for a three-week, final training camp before flying to Costa Rica for the final competition.”
The Bala Nikyu’s team will head for Costa Rica on 12th March for the tournament which kicks off on 15th March.
Nigeria play Mexico, China and Colombia in Group D of the tournament, with her first match against the Chinese on March 16.
Ghana will face Korea, Germany and Canada in a tough group at the tournament in Costa Rica.