The head coach of Nigeria’s female U-17 team, Flamingoes, Bala Nkiyu is confident that his girls will be able to tame the young Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon when both sides meet in Benin City for the first leg of the final qualifying round (African section) for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.
The Flamingoes were largely unconvincing in the last round against Ethiopia as they scaled through via the away goal rule after both teams followed a 1-1 draw in Addis Ababa with a battling goalless outcome in Benin City.
In his words, Nkiyu said: “We know for certain that it will be dangerous to take matters lightly with the Cameroonians. Apart from the rivalry between Nigeria and Cameroon on the football field, the Cameroonian girls sent strong signals with their performance against the Algerians. However, we have prepared very well for them and victory is what we will go all out for on Saturday.”
The Cameroonian girls landed in Lagos on Wednesday before they were flown to Benin City on Thursday via an Air Peace flight.
The baby Lionesses are lodging at the Best Western Hotel in the Edo State capital.
The Benin Republic match officials are also settled in Benin City.
Centre referee Christelle Ligan Aurore will be assisted by compatriots Nafissatou Yekini Shitou (Assistant Referee 1), Sonia Louis (Assistant Referee 2) and Beatrice Goughoedou Zongbossi (Fourth Official) while the match commissioner Aisha Nalule is from Uganda.