Be Focused! Maigari Charges Flamingoes


•NFF President: Maigari.

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Aminu Maigari has warned Nigeria’s U-17  Women’s team, The Flamingoes, not to let Sunday’s 3-2 victory over defending champions Korea  DPR get into their heads but they should remain focused.

•NFF President: Maigari.

The Flamingoes kick started their campaign at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad &  Tobago with a 3-2 victory over Korea and Maigari believes the victory would spur the team to  do well.

Maigari, while expressing joy over the team’s performance, said the victory is a clear  pointer to the fact that the team can go places if they are focused.

He noted that the victory has revealed that female football in Nigeria is improving after  the Falconets came second at the last FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.

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“It is good that our ladies have started their campaign on a winning note but I want to  advise the players that they still have a long way to go in the tournament. They should not  see the victory over Korea DPR as the best they can achieve. They should aim for the  ultimate, which is the trophy”.

Nigeria began their FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago with a bang, edging  defending champions Korea DPR in a topsy-turvy contest at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in  Port of Spain.

Nigeria were the slightly better of the two sides in the first half of the Group A contest  played in sweltering temperatures, scoring the go-ahead goal after only three minutes of  play. Victoria Aidelomon put on a clinic out right before crossing for Ngozi Okobi, the  veteran of New Zealand 2008.

—Adebobola Alawode

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