Flamingoes Step Up Preparations For U-17 W/Cup

With just two weeks to the kick off of the Female U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica, the Flamingoes have again proved their readiness for the competition with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Portuguese’s Women’s club, Clube Futebo lBenfica in an international friendly match in Portugal.
Cynthia Aku’s brace and solitary efforts from Ajibade Rashidat and ChinwevIhezuo fired up the Nigerian girls to victory in an encounter played at the Clube Futebol Benfica Stadium in Benfica at the weekend.
Red-hot Uche Kanu put the Flamingoes ahead via Yakubu Aminat’s pass in the 7th minute and later had her 17th minute goal cancelled for an offside.
Fascinatingly, Ajibade Rashidat blasted home the second goal on the brink to ensure the Nigerian side finished the first half with a 2-0 lead.
In the second half, the explosive Coach Bala Nkiyu-tutored side started the second half with all gun blazing as Cynthia fired home the third for Nigeria in the 50th minute, before the Portuguese club grabbed what looked like a consolation through Mafalda with fourteen minutes to regulation time.
Horribly for the Portuguese side, Aku Cynthia got her second goal of the night in the 85th minute, while substitute Chinwe Ihezuo, who came in for Ajibade Rashidat added the fifth deep in injury time to complete the rout.
The latest victory for the Nigeria U-17 team became the third in all three friendly games of Europe’s training tour, having won defeated Sporting Heulva 3-2 and 3-1 spanking of Portuguese’s CDR Quarteirense U-14 boys.
Earlier, in a post match interview, head coach of the Nigeria U-17 team, Bala Nkiyu saluted the impressive show and sterling performance of his players against the Portuguese club.
He expressed confidence that he and his technical crew are keen on ensuring Nigeria parades one of the strongest team at the World Cup.
The Nigeria U-17 ladies will play against Belgium U-17 Women’s national team in Brussels on Tuesday, 4 March in another friendly match.


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