March 20, 2023



How Nigeria’s Flamingoes edged Germany to win FIFA U17 Girls’s World Cup Bronze

Flamingos have a good time

Nigeria’s U17 women gained their first-ever FIFA World Cup bronze medals on Sunday after a 3-2 penalty shootout win over Germany following a dramatic 3-3 attract Mumbai.

Each groups began the competitors enjoying in opposition to one another, with the Germans getting back from a objective all the way down to win 2-1 on the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa.

The Europeans, who misplaced by a 90th minute objective to Cup holders Spain in Wednesday’s second semi-final, began the brighter aspect and had the ball within the internet by means of Marie Steiner within the 5th minute off a cross from Laura Gloning. However the Video Assistant Referee dominated if offside.

Nigeria took the lead within the 21st minute by means of energy ahead Opeyemi Ajakaye, after she bought the higher of Eve Boettcher from a flowing transfer.

Goalkeeper Religion Omilana saved from Gloning 5 minutes later however Nigeria ought to have been 2-0 up in time-added-on within the first half just for Chidera Okenwa to overlook a one-on-one with Boettcher.

The Flamingoes continued the second half from the place they left off within the first interval and have been extra lucky this time, as Aminat Omowunmi Bello headed powerfully into the online from defender Miracle Usani’s nook kick within the 48th minute.

It was quickly 3-0, as Edidiong Etim, solely 4 minutes on the pitch instead of Okenwa, transformed to place daylight between each groups.

Or so it appeared. Germany, observing annihilation, fought again gamely and decreased the scoreline within the 73rd minute when Veit Jella pulled one again. 5 minutes later, Ajakaye had a chance to make it 4-1 however faltered.

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Paulina Platiner made it 3-2 with 5 minutes to go and on the dot of 90 minutes, Loreen Bender tied the scoreline to compel a 3rd penalty shootout for the Flamingos within the knockout part of the match.

It was the cube of their triumph in opposition to USA within the quarter-finals that Nigeria picked, rejecting the shedding cube in opposition to Colombia within the semi-final. Substitutes Blessing Sunday and Edidiong Etim, and Participant-of-the-Match Opeyemi Ajakaye scored from the spot for Nigeria. Defender Tumininu Adeshina missed however it didn’t matter as Pauliner Bartz missed an important kick for Germany.

Victory made it a joyous Sunday for Nigeria, and history-making Coach Bankole Olowookere stated: “I’m a really glad man that we didn’t depart India empty-handed. It has been an excellent match with quite a lot of classes learnt. We give God the glory.”

President of the NFF, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau, who has been with the crew in India because the quarter-final stage, was delighted with the triumph. “It is a victory for the federal government and good folks of Nigeria. The women and their technical and administrative crew did very nicely to win one thing from this match and provides Nigeria pleasure. I commend their dedication and dedication to a noble objective.”  

In the meantime, the victorious Flamingos will fly again into Nigeria at midday on Tuesday.