Omamuzo Edafe Scores As Nigeria Beat USA To Reach Semi Final of Under 17 World Cup

Omamuzo Edafe Scores As Nigeria Beat USA To Reach Semi Final of Under 17 World Cup

Ibitoye Shittu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:14 PM
  • Nigeria's Under-17 female team, known as the Flamingos, have qualified for the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup
  • The Nigerian side defeated the United States 4-3 on penalties in their quarter-final game on Friday afternoon, 21 October
  • This is the first time that the Nigerian female Under-17 team has reached the semi-finals of the global tournament

Nigeria's Flamingos have qualified for the semi-final of the ongoing Under-17 Women's World Cup in India, India after beating the United States 4-3 on penalties on Friday afternoon, 21 October.

It was a very tough encounter for coach Bankole Olowookere and his wards, as the American girls gave the Flamingos a serious challenge in this match.

The Nigerian girls started the match impressively, looking for ways to score an early goal against the United States, but they had to wait until the 26th minute before getting the breakthrough through Omamuzo Edafe, who scored via a penalty.

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Omamuzo Edafe scores as Nigeria beat USA to reach the semi-final of the Under-17 Women's World Cup. Photo by Joern Pollex.
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The American girls changed their style of play to a more attacking approach after conceding, and they restored parity in the 40th minute through Amalia Villarreal.

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How did the scoring happen?

The first half of the quarter-final encounter between Nigeria and USA ended 1-1. Both sides failed to score in the second half, with the match going down to penalties.

In the penalty shootout, Edafe scored the winning goal to take the Flamingos to a 4-3 victory - and the semi-final.

Oshoala bags player of the match award

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Nigerian footballer Asisat Oshoala was the heroine of Barcelona’s emphatic victory over Benfica, in a UEFA Women’s Champions League clash on Wednesday, October 19.

Oshoala bagged a brace and also made two assists in the encounter, as the Spanish side walloped their Portuguese counterparts 9-0.

Patricia Guijarro opened the scoring for Barcelona Femeni in the opening seconds, before Aitana Bonmati made it two in the 14th minute.

Oshoala made it three with a sublime finish in the 34th minute, and Mariona Caldentey continued the thrashing in the 50th minute to make it 4-0.

In the 64th minute of the game, Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic scored to extend the lead and three minutes later, it was the turn of Geyse to find the back of the net.

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