FIFA U-17 Women W/Cup Qualifier: Nigeria Face Zambia For Sole Ticket


Nigeria U-17 women team, the Flamingoes will confront their Zambian counterparts in the final round of the qualifiers for this year’s FIFA U-17 Women World Cup billed for Azerbaijan later in the year.

To get to this stage, the Peter Dedevbo-tutored side on Saturday at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, Ogun State, defeated their Kenyan counterparts 3-0 after beating them 2-0 in the first leg in Kenya a fortnight ago.

Biahwo Kesiena, Adeboyejo Yetunde Oluwatosin and Ayinde Halima Ibrahim got the goals for the Nigerian side in Abeokuta.

The Zambians beat Botswana by 2-0 at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia on Sunday. The win saw the junior Chipolopolo girls clobbering Botswana 7-1 on aggregate after winning their away leg 5-1 in Blantyre.

Zambia will be at home against Nigeria in the first leg on 10 March 10, while the second leg will be played in Nigeria two weeks later.

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Head coach of the Flamingoes, Peter Dedevbo, expressed happiness over his girls’ victory, saying that the team lived up to their pre-match expectations.

He said they will prepare very well against Zambia.

In his words: “I am happy that we won. I commend the players for doing the nation proud. We have to go back and prepare for our next game. Zambia are a tough team and we are not going to underrate them.

“I know they are a good side, but we have our own game plan too. Our dream is to pick the World Cup ticket,” he said.

—Bamidele Olowosagba

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