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Sports - Football - Gossips Updated: May 16, 2024

FIFA U-17 World Cup qualifier: Flamingoes focused on Burkina Faso not Senegal — Olowookere

By Izuchukwu Okosi
May 16, 2024
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Flamingos head coach Bankole Olowookere has insisted that the Nigeria women's U-17 national team are focused on their Saturday’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifying match against Burkina Faso, and not overly worried about the prospect of facing either of Senegal and Liberia in the next round and final round of qualifiers.

Olowookere was speaking to the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, on the subject of the lack of focus that has been the bane of some Nigerian sides at major tournaments.  

The Nigerian lasses would need to navigate through this hurdle before the fixture against Senegal or Liberia.

“We have one hurdle to cross before the final hurdle, and that is what we are thinking about. Yes, we know it would be either Senegal or Liberia in the final round, but we have to first get past the roadblock mounted by Burkina Faso.

“We threw away a lot of opportunities in the first leg. If we had converted those chances, we would be sleeping easy and thinking this is a formality match, but we did not. On Saturday, we must convert our chances and that can only be done by good presence of mind and focus.”

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Olowookere led the Flamingos to a third-place finish at the last edition of the global finals in India and knows only victory on Saturday will propel his girls to a final-round fixture that will present the opportunity for a return to the World Cup.

Senegal thrashed Liberia 3-1 in the first leg of their fixture in Dakar and look poised to be the team waiting in that final round.

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Izuchukwu Okosi

Izuchukwu Okosi is a seasoned sports journalist with over two decades of experience in the industry....

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