Head Coach Bankole Olowookere selected usual suspects as he unveiled Nigeria’s 21-girl squad for this year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals in India.
I honestly believe all the young ladies picked for this tournament are top talents. Having said that, 5 of the ones I will look out for the most are:
1, Faith Omilana: Nigeria will only go far in this tournament if Faith produces sterling performances constantly. Coach Bankole plays an open brand of football which will generate copious opportunities for Nigeria’s opponents.
Faith showed exemplary reflexes, agility, good decision making and all round goalkeeping aptitude in the qualifiers. She will need r draw on those A1 qualities in India.
Alvine Dah-Zossu; perhaps the most “mature” player in the squad, how she brings her maturity to bear on the pitch will be telling. Very versatile, Alvine will need to be the Alex Iwobi of this team with leadership qualities off the ball and creativity with it.
Ever smiling, Alvine has a huge career ahead of her of she plays her cards right in India. The part I absolutely love in her montage below when we she declared emphatically: ” we are not at all scared of Ghana. We will roast them every day of the week.” 🙂
3) Opeyemi Ajakaye: a sharpshooter who scarcely misses, this femme fatale has it in her to be a contender for the highest goals scorer of this tournament. She shoots with such pitiless savagery the the net is usually left with a forced blunt trauma.
Ajakaye is being bred for an explosive tournament, I can’t wait to see her in action.
4 and 5) Omowunmi Bello and Tumininu Adeshina are expected to bring their “A” games to bear in India. These Attacker and Defender respectively delivered suave performances in qualifiers with their silky skills and command of the grass.
With them in the starting line up, the Flamingos will fly places.
21 FLAMINGOS FOR FIFA WORLD CUP:
Goalkeepers: Faith Omilana; Linda Jiwuaku; Jessica Inyiama
Defenders: Olamide Oyinlola; Josephine Edafe; Comfort Folorunsho; Miracle Usani; Tumininu Adeshina; Blessing Sunday; Alase Attervall; Immaculata Offiong
Midfield: Chidera Okenwa; Blessing Emmanuel; Mary Aderemi; Bisola Mosaku; Taiwo Afolabi
Forward: Omowunmi Bello; Opeyemi Ajakaye; Edidiong Etim; Alvine Dah-Zossu; Yetunde Ayantosho
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