Nigeria’s Presidency is expected to host the country’s bronze medal Under 17 Women’s World Cup winning football team, the Flamingos at a later date.
Disclosing this in Abuja today Sports Minister Sunday Dare commended the girls for a gallant performance at the 2022 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in India where the team beat Germany on penalties in the 3rd place game to claim bronze.
Dare who hosted the team in his office assured of his support to the NFF in ensuring the ladies transitioned through all levels of the nation’s various national teams.
“I will be happy to see these players graduate from this level to the U20 and then to the senior team, because they have the skills and talent, and demonstrated ability to do very well. The Ministry will give NFF the right support to achieve that. They have served well as good ambassadors of our country on and off the pitch.”
President of the NFF, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau had introduced the team to the Minister, recalling the team’s exploits during the qualifying campaign and at the final competition in India, describing the players as “young, energetic, vibrant, positive and promising.”
Earlier, a dummy cheque of the sum of N3million promised the team by Super Eagles’ captain Ahmed Musa was presented to the players and officials on arrival today at the airport in Abuja just as the Chairman of the NFF Task Force on Youth Competitions, Alhaji Aminu Balele Kurfi made a pledge of the sum of $10,000.
The squad is expected to be dispersed, with the hope of a recall for the presidential reception later in the year.