Flamingoes Nigeria’s U-17 women’s team, have clinched the bronze medal at the ongoing FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup after defeating Germany 3-2 on penalties.
The Flamingoes opened the scoring via talisman, Opeyemi Ajakaye after an early goal from Germany was ruled out.
Nigeria made all efforts to double their lead before halftime but the game will end at halftime with the Flamingoes on a slim 1-0 lead.
Aminat Bello then smashed home to grab the second for Nigeria before super sub Etim Edidiong added the third to give the Flamingoes a comfortable three-goal lead on 62 minutes.
That comfort, however, came back to hunt them as the Germans pulled an unbelievable comeback to send the game into penalty shootout.
They then sealed their triumph in the shootout, pipping the Germans 3-2.
Bankole Olowookere’s side finishing third-place ranks the best finish for Nigeria in the history of the competition.
What the Coach said before the win
Nigeria female under-17 coach, Bankole Olowookere says he is optimistic that his side will bring home a bronze medal from the ongoing FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India.
The Flamingos are billed to play Germany on Sunday for a third-place position following a 6-5 defeat on penalties to Colombia.
This will be the second time the Nigerian side will face Germany in this year’s tournament.
In his post-match remarks after the loss to Colombia, Bankole recalled the grief of having lost the semi-final game, but assured that they will put that behind them to scoop the bronze medal on Sunday.
He said, “It has happened like this, you can’t control it, and they will feel the pain, imagine if we were playing in the final. I will give them time to soak and after a while, we will come in as a parent, as a father, I will talk to them and the rest of my technical crew will play our parental role and calm them down.
“All is not lost, if we can put our heads together, we can still get something in the third-place match.
“The girls have done well, this is the semi-final, a big stage in the tournament, it’s a very tough match. As I told you, the more you progress, the more difficult it becomes. Colombia is a tough opponent; it is just unfortunate that they did not win the match during regulation time.”