The Moment (London)

Nigeria: Flamingoes Coach Assures On World Cup Outing

HEAD Coach of the Nigeria women's Under-17 national team, the Flamingoes, Peter Dedevbo has expressed delight at his player's performance in the decisive World Cup qualifier played last weekend in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The Flamingoes demolished their counterparts from Zambia 5-0 to win 7-1 on aggregate having beaten the Zambians 2-1 in the first leg played a fortnight ago in Lusaka.

He believes the Flamingoes could spring a surprise at the U-17 World Cup proper in Azerbaijan.

'The scoreline is okay and that showed the better of both sides. We're going to the World Cup to do Nigeria and Africa proud,' Dedevbo said.

Free scoring goal queen, Patience Okaeme, opened the floodgate of goals followed by Halimatu Ayinde's second which closed the first term.

On resumption of play, the rush for goals continued in a virtually one-sided game. Chidinma Edeji up the goals to three and later grabbed the fourth through a well taken penalty after an on rushing Zambian player handled the ball in the penalty box. Mabel Effiom Michael scored the fifth goal to round off the goal harvest.

The Zambia coach, Beauty Mwamba, again complained that the Nigerian players are women.

'I am proud of my girls, they've done their part, I'm not disappointed. We presented young girls unlike the Nigerian players who are clearly women,' she said.

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