Nigeria’s U-17 women’s team, the Flamingoes, on Saturday defeated their Zambian counterparts 2-1 in an U-17 women’s World Cup qualifying match.
The game, which was played inside the Nkoloma Stadium, in Lusaka, could not start as scheduled owing to a heavy downpour in the capital city.
After piling so much pressure on their host without any goal in the first half, the young girls from Nigeria finally broke the deadlock in the 64th minute and were quick to double their lead three minutes later through Patience Okaeme and dazzling playmaker, Halimat Ayinde
The Zambians, who are actually gunning for a first appearance at any World Cup, made sure they pulled a goal back in the 74th minute to reduce the deficit ahead of the second leg in Nigeria
Flamingoes Coach Peter Dedevbo said at the end of the game that he was pleased with outcome but would have wished for a bigger margin win.
“Yes, I am happy that we won, but it could have been by a much bigger margin. All the same, we savour the victory and now look ahead to the second leg in Nigeria”.
The win ensures the Nigerian girls put one leg firmly in Azerbaijan for their third consecutive appearance at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup finals, with earlier outings in New Zealand 2008 and Trinidad and Tobago 2010.
The return leg comes up at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta on Saturday, March 24.