Nigeria is expected to earn another FIFA World Cup ticket in women’s football when the U17 Girls, Flamingos face their Ethiopian counterparts in the final round, final leg of their FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup game on Saturday at the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
The Flamingos won the opening leg 1-0 in Addis Ababa last weekend, thanks to a goal by goal-a-game striker Opeyemi Ajakaiye, who now has six goals on the season.
Officials for the big game are expected to arrive in Nigeria on Thursday, lead by Senegalese referee Mame Coumba Faye, who will oversee events. Adia Isseu Cisse (assistant referee 1), Fatou Bintou Sene (assistant referee 2), and Fatou Thioune (assistant referee 3) will help her (fourth official).
The match commissioner is Aisha Nalule from Uganda while Emmanuella Grace Aglago from Ghana will serve as the referee assessor.
The winner on aggregate will pick one of Africa’s tickets to the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in India, already scheduled for 11th – 30th October.
Since the competition was launched in New Zealand in 2008, Nigeria have failed to qualify to participate in only tournament – the 2018 finals held in Uruguay.