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T & T 2010: FLAMINGOS SET TO FLY OVER KOREA

By NBF News

Flamingos coach Peter Dedevbo says the team will not underrate Korea Republic when both sides clash on Thursday in one of the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago.

Nigeria topped Group A after beating North Korea, Trinidad & Tobago and Chile, making it the first time the team would advance to the knockout stages. Dedevbo said the team had improved with each game.

The Nigeria Football Federation Media Officer, Robinson Okosun, told our correspondent on the telephone on Tuesday that the Flamingos got a boost after goalkeeper Amina Abu was declared fit for the quarterfinal tie.

He said, 'The team are prepared for the encounter and the NFF has put everything in place to encourage them. Their match bonus was increased to $750 for each player.

'On Tuesday the team had a swimming session to relax their muscles and later they were hosted to a dinner by the Nigerian Embassy here (Trinidad & Tobago).

'The team do not have any injury worry after the doctors passed Abu fit. She had a shoulder injury during the last match but she has recovered and has since joined the rest of the team in training.

'Dedevbo said he would not assume that Korea Republic would play like the North Koreans whom we beat in the group games.'

Okosun added that the players had promised to do better than the Falconets who won silver at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany last month.