Flamingos thrash New Zealand 4-0 to rekindle W’Cup hope


Anthony Nlebem.

Flamingos bounced back from their 2-1 defeat to Germany by bashing New Zealand 4-0 in their second match at the ongoing U-17 Women’s World Cup in India.

The Flamingos scored two goals in the first half and added two more goals in the second half to boost their chances of remaining in the competition.

Flamingos striker Omowunmi Bello scored first for Nigeria in the 16 minutes following a cross from Tumininu Adeshina.

The Nigerian side pressed further looking to add more but Bello’s effort from the free kick spot went into the arms of New Zealand goalkeeper Feinberg-Danieli.

Flamingos got the second goal in the 34th minute as Miracle Usani doubled the lead for Nigeria, her second of the tournament.

The first half ended with a comfortable 2-0 lead for the Flamingos as they seek to rekindle their title ambitions in India.

High-flying Flamingos resumed the second half and looked to add to their goal tally to seal their first win of the tournament.

Flamingoes midfield maestro, Taiwo Afolabi scored the third goal in the 75 minutes after VAR reviewed the goal in favour of Nigeria.

Substitute Etim Edidiong sealed the victory for Nigeria with her beautiful strike in the 95 minutes.

The win is a morale boost for the Flamingos as Bankole Olowookere girls will be hoping to win their last group stage match against Chile on Monday, October 17. to guarantee a spot for the next round.

Germany overpowered Chile 6-0 to top Group B with six points, Flamingos are second with three points with +3 goals difference, Chile sit third on the log with three points with -4 goals difference and New Zealand are bottom with no point and -6 goals difference.