The 7th edition of the FIFA U17 Women World Cup will begin in India between the 2nd and 21st November 2020. It will mark the first time that India will host a FIFA Women’s Football tournament.
The Flamingos have qualified for every edition of the tournament since inception, except for the last edition in Uruguay where the young lioness of Cameroon got through ahead of Nigeria.
Francisca Ordega, Rasheedat Ajibade, Ngozi Okobi, Chiamaka Nnadozie and many more have all featured for Nigeria at the FIFA U-17 Women World Cup in the past.
Therefore as the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifiers kick off in three weeks (February)from now against the Guinean side, who triumphed over Guinea Bissau by 8-0.
The players may be unknown at this stage but don’t be deceived this is where the future stars will be born catch a glimpse of them before they blossom.
1. Salisu Anuoluwapo (15) (Dream Stars Ladies)
The Dream Stars Ladies assistant captain and midfield maestro is one of the youngsters we should look forward to ahead of the World Cup in India.
Salisu scored one of the best goals in the 2019 NWPL season against the “Goal Keeper of the season” Nkiruka Obidinma.
2. Imuran Rofiat (15) (Sunshine Queens)
Imuran is a player beyond definition, a player with overwhelming potentials. She has been in outstanding form season in – season out for her club. A left full back in a class of her own, one would wonder, what kind of genius and wonder kid she is. Her ability surpass any of her contemporaries in the NWPL.
3. Odinaka Nwaeke(GK) (14) (Rivers Angels)
A great Goalkeeper who want to follow in the footstep of Chiamaka Nnadozie. She is blessed with great reflexes and has an amazing level of confidence in the goal post.
4. Omodele Oluwakemi (15) (Osun Babes)
Dribbled past Super Falcons and Rivers Angels Goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi and slotted in cooly to score the first goal of her career. At just 15, Oluwakemi has all the attribute of a great striker.
5. Sunday Blessing (16) (Delta Queens)
The youngster is already a star, having featured for Jokodolu Babes as captain two seasons ago before moving to Delta Queens last year.
6. Chioma Oliseh (15) (Royal Queens)
Oliseh is Nigerian future, she has been tipped for a great future and was one of the reasons Royal Queens gained promotion to the NWPL.
7. Udoka Uanchukwu (15) ( Edo Queens)
Great Goalkeeper who has shown how good she is in the league. She made a big money move to Edo Queens from Delta Queens before the end of last season and has cemented her place already.
8. Kalu Chinyere (15) (Rivers Angels)
Big, Strong and good on the ball. Kalu can play from anywhere on the pitch, a quality that has gotten Edwin Okon to like the 15-year old.
9. Deborah Abiodun (15) (Nasarawa Amazons)
The 15-year-old is a gem, her footballing mind is way above most of her peers and she lives for goals and assists. She has already indicated she would want to announce herself on the world stage at the tournament in India.
10. Maryann Ohadiwe (15) (Edo Queens)
The young attacker is already making a name for herself at Edo Queens, and recently was rated as one of the best young player in the NWPL.
11. Oladeji Bunmi (14) (Dream Stars Ladies)
A replica of Virgil Van Dyk, Oladeji is a rock in defense who is reliable, formidable and dependable. The NWFL “Goal of the season Award” winner was one the best youngsters in the just concluded NWPL season.
12. Hebemfan Ayatsea (15) (Invincible Angels)
Ayatsea stormed the NWPL with outstanding performance which made her a national recognition as a nominee for the Young player of the season Award. A prolific striker who can create threats to any defense. The Benue born youngster, led Invincible Angels to a memorable season.
13. Esther Onyenezide (16) (FC Robo Queens)
She was a member of the last U17 Flamingoes. The youngster is a national asset beyond rhetorics, a player with reliable potentials. She’s one of the discoveries of the NWPL in the last 2 seasons.
(14) Lawal Taiwo (14) (Aseyori Queens)
Lawal is currently the best young striker in Lagos State scoring 5 goals in 2 games for Team Lagos during National Sports Festival Zonal Qualifiers held in Lagos. She is a complete striker and very deadly with great footwork and pace. Lawal will be a good addition to the National Women U17.
(15) Yemisi Samuel (15) (Osun Babes)
The young attacker popularly known as “Sexy Striker” is merciless with ball on her feet. Having established herself through Sure Babes, Sunshine Queens and now Osun Babes for the coming NWPL season, Samuel will be a good addition to the Flamingoes squad.
(16) Alfred Mary (16) (Bayelsa Queens)
Alfred Mary is a genius whose qualities pegged among all-star studded Bayelsa Queens team. She played last part of the NWPL 2018/2019 season on loan at Heartland Queens and was instrumental to why Heartland Queens escaped relegation playoffs.
17. Omilana Faith (GK) (16) (Dream Stars Ladies)
Dream Stars Ladies safe hand can be better described as a complete shot stopper whose astonishing qualities attracted interested from various top clubs in the NWPL. She kept a clean sheet in Dream Stars Ladies demolition of Heartland Queens 4-0.
18. Akubo Obianuju (15) (Osun Babes )
One can not but admit she is an exceptional midfielder. An integral player of the current Osun Babes team and a talent to watch in the coming NWPL season.
19. Alvine Dahz (15) (Bayelsa Queens)
The young forward has great potentials untapped. She is classy, pacy with good ball control, strength and positioning.
20. Adoo Yina (15) (Confluence Queens)
Adoo, a complete midfielder, nicked Francisca Jnr, is beyond any doubt one of the greatest midfielders in the NWPL. Playing a major role in the triumph of Confluence Queens who narrowly lost to Rivers Angel in the NWPL Super 4.
21. Nnaji Bright(16) (Heartland Queens)
The Heartland Queens forward is an household name in Okigwe. She was involved in more than half of the goals scored by Heartland Queens last season, scoring one goal with 3 assists. A big deal for to watch out for.
22. Chinaza Enuma (15) (Confluence Queens)
Enuma is skillful defender, who has a great potential to be one of the best in the league, fast, calculative and very good with tackles.
23. Chineye Emenike (15) (Abia angels)
Emenike is an exceptional player whose might is felt while playing from the midfield. Only few players can be compared with her style of play as she makes it simple at all times.
24. Bello Mercy (15) (Invincible Angels)
Bello is a full back player who featured in all matches for the Benue side Invincible Angels. She’s good at recoveries, crosses and pace. A modern day right full back.
25. Oladipupo Shukurat (14) (FC Robo Queens)
The lanky young striker was able to establish herself in the NWPL a season before the departure of FC Robo and Super Falcons star, Ajibade Rasheedat abroad. Taking over from Chidinma Okeke in the attack was an easy task for her as continue to grow with every match passing..
26. Bankole Sofiat (15) (Dream Stars Ladies)
Bankole is endowed with exceptional qualities and attacking attributes. Her understanding of football is beyond her age, this, has placed responsibility on her as the captain of Ogun State female team and a regular player in Dream Stars Ladies.
27. Kemi Shoremekun (16) (Confluence Queens)
From defunct Jokodolu Queens to a Super 4 participant with Confluence Queens. Soremekun is a utility player who plays any available position on the field of play. Her qualities often times, posed questions at opposition as she makes them traumatized.
28. Ogbuchi Chindinma (15) (FC ROBO)
Ogbuchi in her two seasons in the NWPL is a phenomenon. A graduate of Young Talent 99, plays with ease and full of confidence. No amount of attackers can create fear in her as always keep her eyes on the ball. Easy going off the pitch with zero tolerance on the pitch.
29. Ohaeri Micheal (15) (Rivers Angels)
Her talent was obvious from a young age, as she helped her school team to win the Principal Cup when she was only 13. She is tipped to be a real star.
30. Iyene Effiong Wealth (GK) (15) (Abia Angels)
Good enough to be with the Flamingos. Great positioning and good with the ball on the air. One who is destined to be a very great goalkeeper.