Late preparations kick Flamingos out of World Cup, Nlemigbo says

Victoria Nlemigbo, chairperson FCT Football Association Women Development Committee, blamed Flamingos failure to pick the U-17 women’s world cup ticket on late preparations.

Nlemigbo said on Sunday in Abuja that the fire brigade approach taken by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) did not help the team.

Flamingos had opened camp in November with a qualifying match against Ethiopia the month after.

The tournament decider was the fixture against the Cameroonian side which ended 3-3 on aggregate with the Lionesses snatching the ticket with an away goal advantage on Sunday.

“This is an eye opener for us to know that fire brigade approach does not yield result always.

“We were relying on the strength of the Nigerian team as against the struggling African women teams but now the gap has been closed and they are even overtaking us.

” They have been on the drawing board for a long time, trying to get their acts together, while relying on past glory.

“So, it is really a sad one for us and I hope the football house learns from this,” she said.

The Cameroonians will be Africa’s torchbearer in the tournament in Uruguay, November alongside Ghana and South Africa.