Nigeria’s Flamingoes have taken a first-leg advantage in the final round of the African qualification series for this year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, after they thumped Egypt 4-0 at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Sunday.
The first goal of the game came from Opeyemi Ajakaye two minutes before the half hour mark as she continued her decent goal scoring run.
Ten minutes after Ajakaye’s curtain raiser, Omowunmi Bello scored a header and the second goal off Fatimoh Adeshina’s corner.
Flamingoes maintained a heavy advantage heading into half-time and continued from where they stopped after the break with defender Miracle Usani lashing home a missed corner from outside the box to beat goalkeeper El Taher for Nigeria’s third.
In the 62nd minute, Bello again showed immense composure to lift the ball above onrushing El Taher, after she had been brilliantly played-in by the excellent Taiwo Afolabi on a counter-attack.
Bello had two more opportunities to claim a hat-trick but missed narrowly from close range, just as Ajakaiye fluffed a good opportunity with 14 minutes left.
Both teams clash again in Cairo on the last day of this month, with the winner most likely to play Ethiopia in the final round of the series for a ticket to the FIFA World Cup in India. Ethiopia trounced South Africa 3-0 away from home on Saturday.
The competition has been slated for October.