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Nigeria's Flamingos earn vital away points, draw in Bamako

Posted : 12 May 2024

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The Nigeria U-17 Women’s National team, famously known as the Flamingoes, encountered a challenging match as they were held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the third round of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifier in Mali on Saturday. Despite their best efforts, they couldn't secure a victory in the away fixture.

The Flamingoes managed to open the scoring in the 55th minute through an impressive goal by Chidi Harmony. However, their lead was short-lived as the home team Burkina Faso managed to equalize in the 84th minute through a goal by Rainata Oubd. The late equalizer added pressure on the Nigerian team, but they managed to hold on until the final whistle.

Led by coach Bankole Olowookere, the Flamingoes showed determination and resilience throughout the match. Despite facing tough opposition, they displayed commendable teamwork and skill on the field. However, they were unable to secure a victory and will now have to regroup for the return leg.

The focus now shifts to the upcoming return leg, which is scheduled to take place next Saturday at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja. The Flamingoes will have the home advantage in this crucial fixture and will be eager to secure a win on their own turf.

The return leg match against Burkina Faso holds significant importance for the Flamingoes as it will determine their fate in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifier. The winner of this encounter will progress into the final qualifying round, bringing them one step closer to securing a spot in the prestigious tournament.

With the stakes higher than ever, the Flamingoes will need to put their best foot forward and deliver a strong performance in the return leg. They will need to work on their strategies and capitalize on their strengths to secure a victory and advance further in the qualifier. The entire team, as well as their coaching staff and supporters, will be rallying behind them as they aim for success in the upcoming match.


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