Maigari boosts Flamingoes with N.5m, Plans Training Tour
In preparation for the 2014 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Costa Rica, the Nigeria U-17 women national team, Flamingoes have received a morale booster with courtesy visit and cash donation of five hundred thousand naira from the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Aminu Maigari during a surprise visit to the team’s camp gave a cash donation of half-a-million naira.
According to the NFF boss, the donation was meant to spur the players and officials in giving their best at training and ensuring a successful outing at the FIFA U-17 World Cup as to make the country and the Nigeria football family proud.
“I am happy at the way the team’s preparation is going and gladdened with reports of your performance in training. We want the best as management and hope to provide you the needed support and motivation to make the country proud at the World,” Maigari noted.
He however promised the Flamingoes will be admitted into the Hall of Fame, if they return from Costa Rica with the coveted U-17 World Cup trophy.
“I will urge the officials and players not to get distracted but remain focus and determined to bring home the trophy. I trust you girls will make us proud by reaching the World Cup finals, I promise you will admitted into the Hall of Fame,” he urged.
In a response, the team’s head coach, Bala Nkiyu expressed gratitude for the visit of the president, Alhaji Aminu Maigari and cash donation received, promising the Flamingoes won’t disappoint but hopes to respond gallantly by winning the World Cup.
The former assistant coach of the Super Falcons expressed confidence that his technical crew and players are determined and focused on making Nigerians proud.
He also appreciated the Nigeria Football Federation for scheduled training tour for the Flamingoes and promised the team will make judicious use of the friendly matches in preparation for the World Cup.
“We are indeed grateful to Mr President for the visit and the cash donation, and promised the team will not disappoint the federation and Nigerians as a whole. Winning the World Cup is our topmost ambition. We are getting prepared for the challenges.”
On the training tour of four cities, Nkiyu said, “the training tour is good for us, I am happy the Federation has eased our burden with the scheduled friendly matches. The four clubs are very competitive teams; playing the likes of River Angels, Delta Queens, I am sure will provide us a good test.”
The NFF has also announced the Flamingoes will embark on a training tour of four states of the Federation to play top women league clubs in the country and will later depart to Europe for final training camp ahead of the World Cup in Costa Rica.
The women club sides listed to tackle the Flamingoes are Delta Queens, Nasarawa Amazons, Bayelsa Queens and the 2013 Federation Cup holders, River Angels.
The Nigeria U-17 girls are hoping for their first trophy at the 4th FIFA U-17 World Cup which runs through March 15 to 4th April.