NIGERIA IN FINAL PUSH FOR WORLD CUP
Stories By John EGBOKHAN
Nigeria's Under-17 women's team, the Flamingoes are within sights of qualifying for the Fifa Under17 World Cup, holding between September 22 to October 13 in the European state of Azerbaijan.
To achieve this feat, the Nigerian team just have to avoid losing to Zambia, when both teams play tomorrow in Abeokuta, in the return leg of the African qualifier. Flamingoes won the reverse fixture 2-1 at the Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka and are favourites to record an encore against their opponents.
Aware that they have their work cut out for them, Zambian coach, Beauty Mwamba, who did not allow the team to play any friendly ahead this weekend's game because of the need to avoid injuries, said his players were in good shape and ready for the challenge in Nigeria.
In an interview he granted the Post Newspaper, Mwamba, who admitted that he had five players with knocks before the first leg against Nigeria, said the injuries hampered the fitness of the players in the first fixture.
He added that they were aware of the way the Nigerians play and are out to counter their game.
'We will just be training; we don't want any form of friendly because we are avoiding injuries. Last time the players that picked up knocks had their fitness affected and we don't want that anymore. We know how they play and they know how we play, so it will a fifty- fifty affair when we play them,' Mwamba said.