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Nigeria’s Flamingos qualify for U-17 Women World Cup quarter finals

Nigeria’s Flamingos qualify for U-17 Women World Cup quarter finals

 

Nigeria’s female U-17 team also knows as Flamingos has reached the quarter finals of the ongoing FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals in India after the Flamingos defeating  Chile in a 2-1 win in Bhubaneswar on Monday.

Blessing Emmanuel’s goal in the 4th minute of the game and Bisola Mosaku’s strike off a free-kick by dead-ball artist Miracle Usani with eight minutes left was enough to see Nigeria through at the Kalinga Stadium, despite a late penalty converted by Roverner Tali.

The win earned the Flamingoes a place in the quarter finals on Friday, with either USA or Brazil as opponents.

Head Coach Bankole Olowookere while reacting to the game assured that the team will get even better as the tournament progresses.

“We missed a number of chances again, but I like the spirit of the team and we will get better as we go on in the competition. I am happy we made it into the last eight, and that we sustained our winning mentality despite the fact that we only needed a draw to sail through.”he said

Germany’s 3-1 win over New Zealand in the other match of Group B meant the Germans finished with the maximum nine points in the group phase, having scored a total of 11 goals conceding only two.

Nigeria finished with six points, and a plus six goals advantage after scoring seven goals and conceding only two.

Forward Opeyemi Ajakaye was named the man of the match for the second consecutive match after a superb performance from start to finish. She provided an assist and came close to scoring on different occasions herself.

 

 

 

 

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