The U-17 Women National Team, nicknamed Flamingoes, on Saturday in Nairobi started their campaign for a place at this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup finals on a winning note, defeating their Kenyan counterparts 2-0 in a first round, first leg match.
The two goals for the Flamingoes were scored by Patience Okaene in the 27th and 63rd minutes and was good enough to ensure victory for Nigeria in the match played at the Nyayo National Stadium.
The victory thus set Nigeria on a sure course for a place in the second and final round of qualifiers billed to take place in March.
“The girls played well and dominated the game, and they showed the right spirit throughout”, said Aisha Falode, Coordinator of Nigeria’s Women National Teams, who was with the team in Nairobi.
It could have been worse for the Kenyans but Ugandan FIFA Woman Referee Irene Namubiru disallowed what looked like a good goal scored by Yetunde Adeboyejo in the first half of the encounter.
Nigeria will host the return leg of the fixture on Saturday, February 4. Three countries will fly Africa’s flag at this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup finals to be staged in Azerbaijan between September and October.
The Flamingoes participated in the two earlier editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, in New Zealand (2008) and Trinidad and Tobago (2010), reaching the quarter finals in the last edition before losing to eventual winners South Korea in extra time.