Coach Bankole: Flamingos Ready To Soar In Egypt



The Flamingos are on the cusp of qualifying for the last round of the Under 17 women's world cup tournament in India later in the year.


Any sort of draw or slim victory will see our young ladies sidestep their Egyptian hostesses later tonight.


Though leading with a bumper 4 goals to nil from the first leg in Abuja, coach Bankole insists that they will approach this game as if this first leg never took place.


"Tactically, we will be approaching this game afresh with total disregard for the 4 goals we scored in the first leg," said the coach.


"We have put those goals in the cooler. This will be like the first leg. We have acclimatized well and my girls are fully ready to obtain a favourable result." Concluded the coach.


It has been a hugely productive and eloquently flamboyant qualifying campaign from the Flamingos. They have scored 12 goals thus far and they definitely look on course to add to that tally.


Opeyemi Ajakaye is 3rd with two other players from Morocco and Tanzania in the goalscorers chart with 4 goals. But she still has a way to go yet to catch up with Tanzania's Clara Luvanga who leads the table with 7 goals.


What is little known tit bit is that the Flamingos are actually the weakest of all Nigeria's national teams franchise across gender in under age football. This is because they are the only ones yet to attain a podium finish in any FIFA world cup tournament.


Their best position remains the quarter final finish which they attained in 2010, 2012 and 2014.


Will Bankole's babes be able to break that glass ceiling this year? It remains to be seen but they have to qualify for the world cup first.


And they will be on track with a favourable result against Egypt tonight in their usual swashbuckling style.


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