Captain of Flamingoes, Victoria Aidelomon
After witnessing his team draw Canada, Colombia and host, Azerbaijan in Group A for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, head coach of Nigeria’s female U-17 team, Peter Dedevbo is optimistic his side will progress from the group.
Speaking on his return from Azerbaijan coach, Dedevbo said “It’s a pretty evenly matched group. All the teams at the tournament will be going to Azerbaijan to play the beautiful game and all the teams have the same goal – which is to win!”
He is grateful to NFF for the support his team got enroute qualification for the World Cup and is, however, optimistic that the girls will be called back to camp soon.
“With the draws over and done with I and the technical department will discuss the possible date for resumption to camp which won’t be long.”
Flamingoes and the other teams in their group will play their group matches in the two Azerbaijani cities of Baku and Lankaran.
The tournament holds between September 22 - October13.
Meanwhile, Flamingoes’ players are excited with the draws and are eager to be called back to camp in preparation for the World Cup.
Victoria Aidelomon, captain or the team, who plays her club football with Rivers Angel as a defender, believes with hard work and God’s favour the team will do well.
“We thank God for the draws and I believe we will qualify from our group. In 2010 at Trinidad and Tobago we were drawn against the host country now history is repeating its self. I see no big deal in playing the host nation because as long as we triumphed over the host nation in 2010 I know we will beat Azerbaijan in front of their fans.
“I have added responsibility now as the captain and I want to lead my team to glory. I believe by God’s grace we will qualify from our group and go past the quarter-finals stage which we were eliminated at the last World Cup,” she said.