The 35 invited players to the Flamingoes camp ahead of the forthcoming 2012 FIFA U-17 Women World Cup in Azerbaijan have begun intensive training. The players who have camped at the Serob Legacy Hotel reconvened to continue preparation towards the biannual world championship taking place next month in Azerbaijan.
Addressing the players, the team head coach, Peter Dedevbo, reminded them that discipline and hard work is the watch word if they are to excel. “I am pleased to see everyone. We are not here for jamboree. We have gathered here for serious business. World cup is not tea party so there is need for total commitment from everyone,” he said.
He assured the newly invited players who were not part of the qualifiers chance of breaking into the team if they do their best in training, stressing that his final squad will be selected on current form.
The team trains twice daily between 7am-10am in the morning and 3pm-6pm in the afternoon with the FIFA match balls which will be used during the world cup.
According to team media officer, Gracious Akujobi, the coaching crew are using this week to ascertain the fitness level of all invited players with the hope of playing friendly matches soonest. Flamingoes are drawn in group A, alongside host, Azerbaijan, Canada and Colombia in the world cup which comes up slated between September 22 and October 13, 2012.