Nigeria’s women’s U-17 national team the Flamingoes on Friday were housed along with Germany, Chile and New Zealand in Group B of the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to hold in New Zealand reports Prime Business Africa.
The team coached by Bankole Olowookere qualified for the tournament without conceding a goal in six matches with Egypt their final hurdle before booking their berth for the tournament which holds between October 11 and 30, 2022.
Host country, India were drawn in Group A alongside USA, Morocco and Brazil. The opening match of the tournament will be India vs USA in Bhubaneswar on October 11. Top two teams from the four groups will go through to the quarterfinals.
Nigeria’s fellow African representatives, Morocco and Tanzania are pooled in Group A and D. North African rising giants Morocco will face host, India, USA and Brazil while Tanzania will need to navigate the hurdles possed by Canada, France and Japan if they are to make further impact in the tournament.
India hosted the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the boys in 2018 and were slated to host the girls’ event two years ago, but the covid-19 pandemic prompted a postponement and scaling down of the original host cities to three.
The Flamingos have featured in every tournament since 2008 bar the 2018 edition staged by Uruguay, prevailed over the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt and Ethiopia on the African continent to land in India.
Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.