Daily Trust (Abuja)

30 September 2012

Nigeria: Flamingoes Edge Colombia to Set a Date With France

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Nigeria's Under-17 women's soccer team, the Flamingoes.

Nigeria's Flamingoes have qualified for the quarter finals of the ongoing FIFA U17 Women World Cup in Azerbaijan after defeating Colombia 3:0 to top their group.

After the 11:0 thrashing of the host nation, Azerbaijan, so much was expected from the Nigerian side but they didn't disappoint.

They took charge of the match from the start and it only took 32 minutes for Halimatu Ayinde to put the Nigerian girls ahead.

She added the second on the 75th minute to put the Flamingoes in a comfortable position for a quarter-final spot.

However, Colombia's Diana Duarte put the icing on the cake when she turned the ball in her own net in the 80th minute.

France next

The Flamingoes' next opponents will be France after its 10:2 trashing of the second Africa representative in the competition, Gambia.

The French side scores a total of 11 goals on its way to the second round which shows the team's attacking strength.

France could only muster 5 points in its three games but the table topper, North Korea, had the same tally. However, its superior goals advantage put it atop the table.

Canada wins

The Canadian team was able to put one past its opponents, a vastly improved Azerbaijan, to snatch the second spot on the Group A table.

A 48th minute strike by Valerie Sanderson separated the two teams after 90 minutes.

The Americans accumulated a total of 7 points just as Nigeria but have only two goals difference compared to Nigeria's 14.

Canada will go ahead to slog it out with the Group B table topper, North Korea, for a spot in the Semi finals.

Meanwhile, Colombia and Azerbaijan are out from Group A while USA and The Gambia were sent packing from Group B at the end of the first round.

The Table

Group A MP W D L GF GA Pts

Nigeria    3  2 1 0 15  1      7

Canada  3  2 1 0  3  1  7

Colombia 3  1 0  2  4  4     3

Azerbaijan 3 0 0 3  0 16   0

Group B MP W D L GF GA Pts

N. Korea  3  1 2 0 13  2    5

France    3  1 2 0 11  3    5

USA        3  1 2 0  7    1   5

Gambia  3    0 0 3 2  27   0

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