New Zealand vs Nigeria: Bello Nets As Flamingos Hammer the Europeans 4–0

New Zealand vs Nigeria: Bello Nets As Flamingos Hammer the Europeans 4–0

  • The Flamingos of Nigeria recorded a 4-0 win over New Zealand in their second game at the ongoing Under-17 World Cup
  • The Nigerians appeared more determined to get a win after losing their first game and they succeed in style
  • Aminat Bello, Usani, Afolabi and Edidiong Etim scored a goal each to give the Flamingos a win over New Zealand

The Flamingos, Nigeria's Under-17 female national team, have recorded their first win at the ongoing World Cup in India, beating New Zealand 4-0 on Friday afternoon, October 14.

The Nigerian girls went into the game with intensity after losing their first game against Germany. The Flamingos knew that beating New Zealand was their only hope of remaining in the competition.

New Zealand also suffered a defeat in their first game against Chile, losing 3-1, and the loss against Nigeria means they have crashed out of the tournament.

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Nigeria's Flamingos, New Zealand, India, Under 17, World Cup
Nigeria's under-17 women's team has kept its World Cup hopes alive with a win over New Zealand. Photo by Matthew Lewis.
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The Flamingos started the match with flurry of attacks in an attempt to score an early goal, but all their efforts were futile due to an impressive New Zealand defensive display.

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When did the Flamingos score?

Aminat Omowunmi Bello scored the first goal for Nigeria in the 16th minute after benefiting from an assist by Ajakaye.

In the 34th minute, defender Usani headed home the second goal for Nigeria. The first half ended with the west Africans leading 2-0.

Ajakaye scored the third goal for Nigeria in the 75th minute, before Edidiong Etim netted the 4th at the death, for the Flamingos to record an emphatic 4-0 win.

Tanaka helps Japan beat Nigeria

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how the Super Falcons of Nigeria suffered a 2-0 defeat against Japan in an international friendly match on Thursday morning, 6 October, played as part of their preparation for the World Cup.

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Going into the friendly encounter against Japan, the Super Falcons were without Asisat Oshoala, with Rasheedat Ajibade named captain of the Nigerian women's side.

The team started the tie well, with the duo of Uchenna Kanu and Ifeoma Onumonu combining well in front for the Super Falcons - a combination which almost led to a score in the opening five minutes.

In the 12th minute of the match, Super Falcons goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie made a good save to prevent Mina Tanaka from scoring.