Dominican Republic 2024: Burkinabe Under 17 girls to host Flamingos on neutral ground

The Nigeria’s Under 17 female football team, the Flamingos will play their away match against their Burkinabe counterparts in the 2024 FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup qualifying fixture on a neutral ground in Bamako, Mali.

Ademola Olajire, Director of Communications at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) stated this in a statement on Friday.

The world body insisted that the Burkinabes cannot play in Ouagadougou due to the poor state of their home venue.

The decision has seen the Burkinabes opt for the Malian capital, where they will host the Flamingos on May 11 from 4 pm Mali time , 5pm Nigeria time.

The return leg will come up at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on May 18 from 4.30 pm (Nigerian time).

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed Suavis Iratunga from Burundi as referee for the match that will take place at the March 26 Stadium.

Her compatriots Fides Bangurambona, Alida Iradukunda and Joselyne Nsabimana as assistant 1, assistant 2 and fourth official respectively.

Oumou Souleyman Kanefrom Mauritania will be commissioner while Aya Irene Ahoua from Cote d’Ivoire will be the referee assessor.

The return leg in Abuja, will have Aline Umutoni from Rwanda as the referee, with her compatriots Alice Umutesi and Sandrine Usenga as assistant 1 and assistant 2 respectively.

Ethiopian Raya Sisay will be the fourth official., with Naa Odofoley Nortey as commissioner and Senegalese Fatou Gaye as referee assessor.

The Flamingos’ delegation to Bamako will leave Abuja on Wednesday for Bamako for the encounter.

The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2024 will take place in the Dominican Republic from October 16 to November 3.

This will be the first time that the Dominican Republic will host a FIFA tournament.