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2022 U-17 WWCQ:Flamingos Clinch World Cup Ticket After Home Draw vs Ethiopia

2022 U-17 WWCQ:Flamingos Clinch World Cup Ticket After Home Draw vs Ethiopia

Nigeria’s Flamingos have qualified for the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup billed for India.

In the second leg played inside the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Saturday, the Flamingos were held to a goalless by Ethiopia to qualify 1-0 on aggregate.

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After playing six qualifying matches the Flamingos scored 15 goals without defeat and conceded none.

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Three teams will represent Africa at the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India which will run from October 11 to 30.

The 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will be the 7th edition which is contested by the under-17 national teams of the member associations of FIFA, since its inception in 2008.

It will be the second time that India host a FIFA tournament after the men’s 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, and the first time that India host a FIFA women’s football tournament.

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  • Maybe we should focus more on the ladies. They are really doing us proud.

  • Chudynak 8 months ago

    So without that lone away goal which looked like offside goal, the ticket would have been decided via penalties? The team was squandering chances!

  • Goodwill 8 months ago

    Our national teams should look for another location. Abuja is ill luck. 

  • Allan 8 months ago

    This team won’t go far at the World Cup. They could barely shoot accurately on goal. Watching them play like this today made me feel sorry for the team. But I know there is room for improvement especially the offense 

  • Kunle 8 months ago

    All Nigerians are coaches, you people can help Ethiopia to write FIFA that a lone is offside

    • Don’t mind them.

      instead of them to rejoice with the girls.

      Congratulations girls.

      Please, October is not that far. start the preparation now.

      NFF, please give the ream all the necessary support to do us proud in the world cup.

      God bless Nigeria.

      Once again, congratulations.

  • *The Promise Land Holds Much Promise*

    The Flamingos just about managed to cross the line in grabbing one of Africa’s three tickets to the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in India later in the year.

    Ethiopia came to town with the sole purpose of overturning the 1 goal deficit inflicted on them by Bankole’s babes in Addis Ababa thereby grabbing the world cup ticket right from under Nigeria’s nose.

    Tried as they did, the duel eventually ended 0:0 with Nigeria going through on a slim aggregare of 1:0.

    These damsels have done themselves and the nation immensely proud and they deserve the adulations that come their way for coasting through the qualifiers undefeated whilst leaving their skid marks of 15 unreciprocated goals burning behind them.

    Now it is time to start preparing for the world cup where far sterner tests await. The Ethiopians pushed them all the way for qualification which provides a harbinger of what to expect in India.

    The Flamingoes are the weakest of the Nigerian underage national teams football franchise across genders. This is because they are the only ones yet to win any medals in Fifa tournaments.

    And owing to how Ethiopia – who have no pedigree in female football – came close to causing an upset in Abuja, one has to remind the Flamingos of the quality of teams out there.

    In the second leg, Ethiopia cracked open Nigeria’s defence on occasions and they came a whisker away from drawing level on aggregare. The Flamingos held on by the skin of their teeth and ultimately the got the job done.

    Already, we know heavyweights like Germany, France, United States, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Brazil will be in India. There will be no free lunch for Nigeria as they will be made to toil hard from the get-go.

    The team is good and should get better in the coming months with more practice, drills and quality friendlies.

    The last 2 tournaments were nothing to write home about for the Flamingos: they failed to qualify for the 2018 edition and crashed out of the group stages of the 2016 tournament in the middle eastern state of Jordan.

    So, this Flamingos class of 2022 have their work cut out to succeed where they predecessors have faltered.

    We will have to wait to see how they perform and grow into the tournament. A bit more tactical awareness and defensive solidity will serve them well against some of the best strikers on the planet at this level that they will come against. They know how to score, however against a sturdy Ethiopian defence, they only managed 1 goal in 180 minutes of football. So, it goes without saying that, despite scoring 15 goals in this qualifying series, they still need to work on goalscoring particular against tough oppositions.

    But for now, these girls should celebrate their world cup qualification long into the night, they deserve it. With the right mentality, thorough planning and injection of technical sagacity, they should hopefully exceed expectations in India.

    Well done Flamingos, more grease to your elbows!

    • Chima E Samuels 8 months ago

      Well Documented Great Deo, I spoke about the profligacy in front of goal after the first leg but this particular Ethiopian side are a team to beat so kudos to the girls and I also noticed the very talented Opeyemi she’ll go places. I trust coach Bankole to conquer the world after rectifying the teams finishing against top sides.

  • Kunle 8 months ago

    The same Ethiopia who beat south Africa 3 goals to nil in south Africa. That is last qualifier match which is always tough match.
    Congratulations to young girls, I wish good FIFA tournament. Congrats again
    Up flamingos.
    Up naija.

  • okponku 8 months ago

    Them go soon ban them, Naija no dey carry last now.