Flamingoes off to Ethiopia as Uruguay 2018 race begins

Flamingoes off to Ethiopia as Uruguay 2018 race begins

The U17 Women National Team, Flamingoes, will on Sunday clash with their Ethiopian counterparts in Addis Ababa in their first qualifying match for the 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals.

On Thursday, Coach Bala Nikyu led a team of 18 players, technical crew, backroom staff and a couple of NFF officials out of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja aboard an Ethiopian Airways flight to Addis Ababa.

Sunday’s match will take place at the Addis Ababa Stadium, in the Ethiopian capital, starting from 4pm Ethiopia time (2pm Nigeria time).

Nigeria, which represented Africa at the world finals in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016, drew a bye into the second round, while Ethiopia profited from the withdrawal of first round opponents Kenya.

The return leg will take place at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City on Saturday, 16th December, with the winner on aggregate to proceed to the final round of qualifiers scheduled for February 2018.

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