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Flamingos depart Turkey for India



The Flamingos at the Istanbul Airport on Thursday.   

Nigeria’s U17 girls, Flamingos have flown out of Turkey after a 10-day training camp in final preparation for this year’s FIFA U17 World Cup finals in India.

The team of 21 players and 12 officials flew out of the Istanbul International Airport to Goa – the Indian city where the Flamingos will prosecute their group B games against Germany and New Zealand. They will fly to Bhubaneswar for their final game against Chile.

During their 10-day camping in the Turkish city of Kocaeli, the Flamingos defeated Galatasaray Women team 3-1 with a brace from Edidiong Etim and one by top scorer Opeyemi Ajakaye.

However, they lost their second friendly 1-3 to Fenerbahce Women at the same venue.

Their first match of the World Cup campaign will be against top dogs Germany on Wednesday, 11th October.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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