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2022 U-17 WWC: Flamingos Battle Germany For Third Position

2022 U-17 WWC: Flamingos Battle Germany For Third Position

Nigeria will seek to end their FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup on a high when they battle Germany for the bronze medals in India on Sunday.

Both teams lost their semi final games on Wednesday, Nigeria to Colombia on penalties and Germany to Spain via a last-minute goal by the Cup winners.

Africa’s best team came within a kick of reaching the final during the penalty shootout against Colombia, but defender Omamuzo Edafe’s effort agonisingly came off the upright.

Then Comfort Folorunsho’s kick bounded against the body of the Colombian goalkeeper in sudden death and the South Americans prevailed.

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Nigeria and Germany squared off in the two teams’ first match of the competition, back on 11thOctober, at the same venue, with the Germans having to battle back from behind following Miracle Usani’s opener for the Flamingos through a a free-kick.

The Nigerian team has remained unbeaten in regulation time since then, defeating New Zealand 4-0 and Chile 2-1, and then prevailing over United States of America on penalty shootout in the quarter-finals after a 1-1 stalemate.

In the semi finals, Nigeria and Colombia finished scoreless before the penalty shootout that eventually turned out in favour of the South Americans.

“The girls gave a very good account of themselves but it was not to be. We have the bronze medal match to contend with and we will throw everything into it,” Head Coach Bankole Olowookere said on Saturday.

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  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    Flamingos suddenly seem to be determined to shove humble pies down our throats.

    50′ Nigeria 2:0 Germany

    This coach should better put on a thinking cap o. If he doesnt have one, someone should pls help him get a maharaji’s turban there in Bombay biko

    • Folorunsho 2 years ago

      Mr oversabi, Mr know it all hope you dey watch, 3-0. I hope you and your haters will choke on that humble pie.

      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        Mr imbecile, Mr Dadandindin. You must be a cheap fool.

        Show me where I have ever insulted these girls.

        My grouse has always been the lack of depth in the coach’s tactics and not the girls. I’ve been one of those who have throw support for these girls and even advocated for them to be kept together for the long term.

        May your ignorance choke you to blazes.

  • Folorunsho 2 years ago

    MAke una come out o, all those wey they talk rubbish about the girls. Almighty germany dey collect wototo. Chuksnady, oya come and run your mouth about the yoruba coach

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    Wow….Goal….. Effiong

    63′ Nigeria 3:0 Germany

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    Mr undersabi, Mr Olodo rapata, Mr Dadandindin. You must be a cheap fool.

    Show me where I have ever insulted these girls.

    My grouse has always been the lack of depth in the coach’s tactics and not the girls. I’ve been one of those who have throw support for these girls and even advocated for them to be kept together for the long term.

    May your ignorance choke you to blazes.

    Learn to look properly before you leap you imbecile.

    • Folorunsho 2 years ago

      Keep quiet you this oversabi moron, You called the coach all kinds of names. Didn’t you question his tactic in the tournament. You said they will not go far with his approach. My friend don’t come here and lie. The only time you supported the girls was when the tribalist questioned the team list

      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        Hahahahaha….You must be a compound fool. You should be the one to shut your dirty mouth you dumb fool.

        Yes I questioned the coach’s tactics in this tournament, just like 200 million other Nigerians did and I was right to do so. Are we not all seeing the rewards of a change in approach in todays game now….? Useless fool.

        You useless liar….MR imbecile, CSN does not delete comments…go and copy and paste where I ever said this team will not go far.

        Go and copy and paste where I never supported the girls.

        The girls are on course to win a bronze medal match vs germany now, useless imbecile whose stinky mouth has been shut the whole time wants to hug headlines as their chief no1 supporter throughout the tournament even when the was strangling the team with archaic tactics…..LMAOooo….

        Pele o Alhaji Rafiu Ladipo, chairman of flamingos supporters club. Useless idiot.

        I dare you once again to go and copy and paste evidence of all your lies here

        Once again may your ignorance choke you to hell and back

        • Folorunsho 2 years ago

          Don’t need to argue with an imecile like you, you go back and repsot all your comments here. Why waste my precious time on a liar like you, Just go and choke on your humble pie. The yoruba girls don win bronze

          • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

            Hahahaha…please argue you useless liar.

            Please argue…LMAOoooo….copy and paste where I ever said this team will never go far. Go and copy and paste where I ever insulted the girls.

            It is when they have nothing to back up their lies they will suddenly not need to argue anymore…..LMAOOo…when okponu was here throwing accusations and counter-accusations, he saw the need to argue.

            Abirun ayirada.

            I hope you say how your tin-god Pep Olowokere whose tactics should never be questioned almost gave away the bronze medal these girls have worked hard to win, with his lack of intuition and discernment….???

            I make bold to say and millions of Nigerians will agree with me that we won this medal INSPITE of this coach, rather than because of him.

            Like I said after our last match, these girls are super talented, give them to a better coach all other variables being constant and we would have won this trophy.

            Useless fool. I hope you mold Mr. Bankole Olowokere’s statue and mount it in front of that dustbin where a nicompoop like you was raised.

            No need to argue…..LMAOoo…..useless pathological liar….LMAOooo

            Go and copy and paste where I ever insulted the girls or said they team will never go far.

            I wonder where your ugly mouth has been since the tournament began that you want to become Rafiu Ladipo on the final day of the tournament.


      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        Good for nothing dullard.

        Your fellow dullard of a coach leading 3-1 as at the 80th minute does not know that he needs to pull out one of the 3 strikers, add one more man (preferably a DM) in the midfield to choke it and refresh it with another sub, having seen the Germans introduce 2 new forwards earlier on.

        The 2 subs the German coach introduced have pulled Germany back from 3-0 to 3-3

        We will now face the horror of penalty shoot-outs again.

        Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory…..LMAOoo

        And idiot says we shouldnt question his tactics and decision making……LMAooo.

        Obo to n ba obo gun ope….LMAOoo

        • I wonder where the Folorunsho his suddenly. Bad tree cannot produce good fruit. Penalty is lottery.

          • Folorunsho 2 years ago

            Am here Mr tribal maggot, at the end of the day who won. nuisance like you, busy licking the ass of an unknown Dr.

        • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

          Useless fool fokponusho, standing on the path of truth is licking the ass of an unknown Dr…? LMAOooo.

          If you werent such an idiot, others too would have gladly loved to lick you own ass too without getting paid.

          Okpuro rai rai.

          I guess you are still looking for something to back up the fat lies you levelled against the unknown Dr.

        • You are very correct, but the girls over achieved. They won because of their tenacity, they would go places if well coached. I think to lost to Columbia because of lack of proper motivation and poor team selection. A bronze is not a bad medal they have done well. Thanks to the whole team.

          • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

            My brother, we would probably have been in the final of this tournament if they had a coach with a more calming influence on the players…..especially as they were approaching the final/decisive kicks against Colombia.

            I hope this team is kept together and given a better, well trained coach (someone like a Maureen Madu, Mercy Akide or Perpetua Nkwocha) as they progress into the U20s. This former Olopa just keeps yelling at them as if they are on the parade ground.

            If not he should be sent on training for proper tutelage in modern coaching methods…other than just be yelling at 15/16 year old girls as if they are female commandos.

  • Greenturf 2 years ago

    Wow incredible!Where did they leave this performance?Wish it was the final we are playing,just one kick away by Edafe would have sent us to a possible first world cup triumph!

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      Only the Almighty knows what would have been, had Edafe just kept her cool to do what she twice did successfully vs USA in the qfinals.

      But we still do have course to be thankful and believe in these girls as the future of our female football.

      For me, I was mission accomplished the moment they made it as far as the Qfinals and we could spot as many as 6-8 members of the team that can progress to the next cadre.

      • Greenturf 2 years ago

        Yeah @Dr.I still think had they had very good preparation this team is capable of finishing as champions

  • Ololo 2 years ago

    The coach is playing some new players for the third game and it is paying.. that no 4 has stabilized the midfield and akajeye has been terrozing the German team.. why should such a player sit on the bench in the last match

  • felix 2 years ago

    Please explain that german second goal to me. Isn’t that a clear offsides

    • The one on offside didnt get the first ball initially.

    • Ololo 2 years ago

      It wasn’t.. the girl the pass was for was on side , then she gave it to the scorer..

      Can we win this.

      Feeling sad for this team..

      Look how the German coach is telling her girls to calm down and play their game , our coach is shouting at them.. that ajekaye has great pace but her final ball is poor no wonder she has just one goal in this tournament

    • If that was not offside, I don’t know what offside can be then. The officiating is been biased against us like many other aspect of life against whites, look at all the fouls against us, even the one that led to one of their goals. It was not a foul. We were lucky to over come the officiating.

      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        Oga, there was nothing wrong with the officiating. Its not everytime we are on the receiving end we should blame officiating for being against us.

        A truly biased referee would have allowed germany’s 3rd minute goal stand and also awarded them a penalty in the 1st half for a trip from behind in the box.

        Not every problem in life has to do with the skin colour or ethnicity or nationality.

        • If you think the officiating was fair goodluck, i would not question your sense of fairness. What you refered to as germany goal was actually a foul, the german player kicked the goal keeper’s hand. so it was very obvious, she did not need VAR to tell her that. Your fathom penalty was closely watched by VAR and it was determind not to be foul. i dont know what kind of doctor you are but to accuse people of crying wolf where there is none is not sound reasoning.

          • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

            So it was your own fathom offside that was not watched by VAR right…..LMAOoo…? Your own fanthom fouls in the build-up to the goal were not checked by VAR too right..?

            You seem to know more football rules than the referees, VAR and FIFA put together….LMAOoo… for you to be gnashing your teeth accusing the referee of bias where there was none.

            I dont know what kind of human being you are, but to accuse professional referees backed by VAR and the benefit of a 2nd look at incidents of bias is senselessness at its peak.

            Go and update your pungent ignorance of the laws of the game before opening disgracing yourself in public. If obvious you dont even know when a situation is offside and when its not….LMAooo

  • Ololo 2 years ago

    I can’t believe my eye. From 3 :0 to 3:3.. what kind of game is this..

    Why can’t this coach tell his girls to manage the game and waste some time.. penalty again!

    What kind of nonsense is this

  • A defective team is a defective one. Comeback? From 3 nil?

  • chuks haifa 2 years ago

    VAR can be nonsense sometimes. The German 2nd goal was just off side.

    • Greenturf 2 years ago

      Not offside.Both players feet was what the officials checked not the body.
      Obviously the German body was way ahead which looked offside but the feets aren’t which kept the Germans onside.
      Good call by the referee/Var.

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    Phew…another torture of penalty shootouts.

    GK Omilana win the bronze medal for Nigeria

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    Congrats to the team. They have done well for themselves and for their nascent careers.

    For the technical crew….congrats to them too…..I hope they use whatever financial rewards they get for winning this bronze to upgrade themselves.

    NFF….please, please and please, MANAGE THESE GIRLS WELL…..!!!

    My parting shots.

  • Footballfanatic 2 years ago

    We can all see the coach was the reason these girls failed….Nigerian coaches are always scared to tweak the team a little but will you the same tactics so much we become mincemeat in the eyes of the next opponent.

    • Footballfanatic 2 years ago

      will use the same tactics*

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      Hahahahaha….how dare you question coach Pep Olowokere’s tactics…LMAOooo…??

      Let Uncle “you-questioned-the-coach’s-tactics-in-the-tournament” catch you.

      It is evident we won this bronze medal inspite of the coach rather than because of him. Anyone that is not happy about that statement should go hang himself by a dog chain or a valve timing belt. Nonsense

      • Footballfanatic 2 years ago

        NFF needs to send all age group coaches to a refresher course or courses to update their outdated knowledge of the game…. I will advise they do this for the upcoming u17 and u20 boys before the tournament. Makes no sense to always shine in the group stage but falter due to technical deficiency in the knockout rounds…

        • where should they send them to? the same people they are going to play against?. There is nothing modern about football and it is not rocket science.

  • Proudly 9ja 2 years ago

    We did it. We atleast got the bronze medal. We deserved this victory and we should have buried dis game a long time ago. Congrats galant flamingoes. We are sooòoooook proud of u girls. It was just unfortunate u guys ought to be in d finals against spain

  • Proudly 9ja 2 years ago

    To me the game against colombia i would fault the coach a little bit, this our goalie is way better penalty stopper than the so called penalty saving specialty dat akways runs to one side without diving. The coach in my view should have left omilana in d game against colombia. Also i fault players like ajakaye and emanuel a little too, these are our too poayer (forward) and captain who should have shown courage and stepped up to play the penalties. In big games like dat against colombia is where ur big name players ought to have stepped up. All in all the team did very well and they deserved this bronze but it could easily have been gold or silver. Kudos to the girls for battling till d end. Kudos to the coaching staff as well

    • Folorunsho 2 years ago

      Did you just say courage to play the penalty. Even senior players are scared to go forward to play a penalty not to talk of 16 year old girls. Abi tension no dey grip you when you wan take penalty. What if they did and still kicked the bll away

      • Proudly 9ja 2 years ago

        Of course there is tension but as a forward who normLly scires goals in games normally it will be 2nd nature to someone like ajakaye. My broda see d way she dispatched her penalty today. Don’t get me wrong ooo, most times penalty na luck but skill dey dia too. A player like ajakaye suppose dey the 1st 5 penalty takers if i were d coach. Especially knowing our centrrback had missed in the previous game against the US. Even d captain emmanuel would be one of the penalty takers, big games need big personality and there are fewer big personalities in dis team than emanuel and ajakaye. But thats in d past tho and we should congratulate the girls for a job weldone. A well deserved bronze medal.

    • Ololo 2 years ago

      I saw some of the penalty before I stopped watching. I Heard omolani saved one later but if you watch the first 3 penalties she is obviously very poor in saving penalty ( I might be wrong though).. did you see the German goalkeeper.. so tall for 17.. wow! I had to stop watching and with kind of tall keeper not saving a penalty shows our girls really practiced penalty taking this Time around.. over confidence made Germany play their penalty over the bar

      • Greenturf 2 years ago

        She saved one

      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        Its obvious the coach did go into the knock-out stages of this tournament with the mindset of trying to drag the game through 90mins and depend on the lottery of penalties.

        And for penalties he had this plan of depending on the substitute GK and his fixated 5 penalty takers and nothing else.

        And thank God the rule at this level was that the match goes straight to penalties after 90 mins without a winner, because we obviously would have capitulated if he had to face any of these KO stage teams for an additional 30 mins.

        • Proudly 9ja 2 years ago

          Drey, i will take omilana anyday over dat other goalie. Omilana looks fitter and has better reflexes. Even the penalty shootout against the US she kept running beyond the line not having atleast a foot on d line most times. Penalties is a guessing game so as a goalie just pick a spot and dive there, even if u get sold its ok than just running to one side. She didn’t exude any confidence to me when she was brought on. I kept screaming at the TV in d game against colombia. Any it worked against US and i do understand y the coach elected to bring her on and she did save one penalty against colombia sha but to me i just wasn’t confident in her at all. Congrats to these galant flamingoes once again. I was so pissed off against colombia that i couldn’t get myself to comment here as i was very convinced we would be victorious against colombia

          • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

            Well Produly9ja, we only have the benefit of hindsight now.

            We where never in camp when they were training for penalties for us to know who responded better in training.

            It could be that Jiwaku was proving to be a Dele Aiyenugba in training while Omilana was proving to be Enyeama.

            We didnt lose the penalty shootout against colombia because of Jiwaku, we lost because of Edafe and then the other defender whose long walk to the penalty spot already showed a player who was destined to lose that kick.

  • Ololo 2 years ago

    Congratulations to the girls I just couldn’t watch the penalties.. it was too much for me to take.. I’m glad they did Nigeria proud..

    This team have some good players, with raw talent.. ajakeye is my best player for her deadly pace but her final ball needs alot of polishing, probably that was why she was benched in the last match but we paid for it because you can’t keep your best player on the bench in a semi final game.. some of the players should play the next u17 like etim , she will be eligible.. I must commend the following players.. the two central defender, they are solid, oseni, the captain blessing , bello and our solid goalkeeper.. they should be promoted to the u20 immediately and commerce preparation

  • Footbrawling… No football sense at all….They do not deserve to win this game.

    • Folorunsho 2 years ago

      Why you come watch the game. Why you no bomb your Tv when the match started. Abi na because na yoruba players plenty for the team

      • Footballfanatic 2 years ago

        Why are you criticizing everybody that has an opinion about the team that doesn’t align with yours……The coach takes the blame for this tournament and not the girls if u like argue till eternity….

        • Folorunsho 2 years ago

          Why wouldn’t i critize them please, abi where you blind with the comments some were making. Abi are you part of those who said there was more tribe than others before the tournament started. Oga abeg go sit somewhere, next time go and apply for the job and lets see what yo have to offer. Give kudos where it deserves.

          • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

            Hahahaha…..footballfanatic that okponu dey craze true true…..LMAOoo. Leave him to be biting trees up and down because we all are in agreement that the coach has some upgrading to do.

            Qfinal – penalties
            Sfinal – penalties
            losers’final – penalties

            In all 3 games, players resilience saw us through otherwise extratime would have been the end of us (if there was any).

            Olodo Mr undersabi wants us to lift the coach shoulder high and declare him the best thing that has ever happened since in discovery of garri + sugar + groundnut + iced water combo……LMAOooooo.

            I kid you not, I have not seen any flamingos class with the ball sense and technique these class collectively possess. We have just won a bronze IN SPITE of the coach. Let Mr okponu go and hang himself because we have observed so.

          • Folorunsho 2 years ago

            Na you chop craze, have told you and that over sabi to apply for the job next time. Send in your CV, don’t come here and rant. Since you know more than the best coaches in the world. Will be looking forward to your names at the next tournament. Bunch of idiots

          • Folorunsho 2 years ago

            @ Dr Drey, i know you love to rant and i would allow you to talk, Please when next the NFF is seeking for coaches, kindly apply and lets see what techniques you have in place. Leave the coach alone, he sha don rub am in your faces when una doubt am.

  • Folorunsho 2 years ago

    Some of the comments here is just hatred for the team and coach. Please leave them alone. They have beaten the expectations of many of you. From day one many said they would not go far. Comments like they were not coordinated, this and that, well i didn’t see them collect goals like other teams in the tournament, at least the coach groomed the defenders well. If only folorunsho was not substituted , i don’t see the Germans coming back in the game. If you know more than the coach, why didn’t you all apply for the job

    • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

      Omo you’re weird o, so if they criticise a teams performance it means they hate the team. Stop the silly talk Nigeria has won case closed!!!

      • Folorunsho 2 years ago

        Will be looking forward to your name at the next tournament. Make you carry your southern girls to the next tournament and let us see how far they will go. Since the yoruba’s brought us bronze.

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