- Don’t lose focus, Sports Minister charged
The Nigeria U17 girls also called the Flamingos have qualified for the U17 FIFA Women’s World Cup scheduled for 11- 30 October 2022 in India.
Flamingos, who hosted Ethiopia in the second leg and the final playoff qualifier at the MKO Abiola National Stadium yesterday, after securing a 1-0 win at Addis Ababa, played a goalless draw to advance to the U17 FIFA World Cup finals in India.
Ethiopia, prior to the final qualifying double ties with Nigeria, battered South Africa 3-0 at FNB Stadium, South Africa and conceded a 1-0 defeat in Abebe Bikila Stadium, Addis Ababa.
Flamingos performed extraordinarily in the campaign to secure the World Cup ticket ahead of other contending sides to remain the only country unbeaten in the qualifying contests.
The U17 girls had in the clash with the U17 Egyptian girls recorded an overwhelming 6-0 defeat on aggregate to ease out the North African team. Flamingos in the convincing win, hammered Egypt 2-0 in WE Al-Ahly Stadium, alQāhirah, Cairo and banged in 4-0 at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja.
However, with the win, Nigeria joins Tanzania and Morocco that edge out Cameroon and Ghana respectively to represent Africa in the 7th edition of the biennial world football event in India.
Following the victory, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, congratulated the Nigeria U17 girls for securing a qualifying ticket to fly the country’s flag at the 2022 FIFA U17 World Cup final in India.
“I’m immensely proud of the fight you all put in today. Even though it was a tough game, you all did not fail to step up to the occasion. The grit, the heart, the fight was high up there,” Dare said after the Flamingos clinched the FIFA World Cup ticket.
“I congratulate the entire technical crew and squad for picking up the World Cup against all odds. I believe that all hands will be put on deck to help the team prepare adequately for the finals itself”, he added.
The Minister, however, charged the Nigeria U17 girls that thrashed DR Congo 8-0 on aggregates not to lose focus but set their sights on India.