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Nigeria calls 30 players for FIFA U20 women’s World Cup   

ABUJA, (Xinhua) -- Nigeria on Tuesday called 30 players to tune up for the FIFA U20 women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea in November.

A statement by the Nigeria Football Association (NFF) said the coaching crew had asked all the invited players to arrive the training camp in Abuja before Sept. 27.

The coaching crew led by Peter Dedevbo has already submitted plans for the team’s camping and the NFF is also fine-tuning its arrangements for the competition, the statement said.

Nigeria and Ghana will represent Africa to compete in the 8th U20 World Cup scheduled for Nov. 13-Dec. 3.

Nigeria, which won silver at the 2014 edition held in Canada, will play against Japan, Canada and Spain in the group stage.

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Nigeria’s female U17 team tunes up for FIFA World Cup

ABUJA, (Xinhua) -- Nigeria’s female U17 soccer team is still tuning up for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Jordan, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said on its official website on Saturday.

The team, officially known as Flamingoes, is camping in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, and “set to take the world by storm” during the FIFA World Cup which is scheduled to hold from Sept. 30 to Oct. 21, the statement said.

As part of their build-up for the competition, the Flamingoes had played several friendly matches at home.

Drawn in Group C with Brazil, DPR Korea and England, the Nigerian team will leave for the competition on Sept. 26.

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Nigeria up 3 spots to 64th in latest FIFA rankings

LAGOS, (Xinhua) -- Nigeria on Thursday moved up by three spots to place 64th in the world in the September rankings released by Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), world’s football governing body.

According to the FIFA website, the Nigerian side has 534 points, up from 513 it had in August when it was placed 67th.

The latest ranking now puts Nigeria in the 14th position in Africa.

Argentina and Belgium maintained first and second place respectively in the world rankings for another month.

Germany is third, followed by Colombia and Brazil.

             

 

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