Nigerians React As Colombia Defeat Flamingos in Semifinal of Ongoing FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup

Nigerians React As Colombia Defeat Flamingos in Semifinal of Ongoing FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup

  • Nigeria versus Colombia ended on a sad note for the Flamingos, who lost 6-5 via a penalty shootout
  • Chikamso Jiwuaku, who was the heroine in the win over the United States, has been fingered for the loss to Colombia
  • Nigerians are unimpressed with the goalie, blaming her for 'staying rooted' to a spot while the South Americans had a field day

The Flamingos of Nigeria have been defeated in the semi-final of the ongoing FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in India.

It was a fight-to-the-finish at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Wednesday afternoon, but it ended in a stalemate at regulation time.

Colombia dominated the encounter from start to finish, but goalkeeper Faith Omilana put up quite a number of brilliant saves to deny the South Americans.

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Nigeria versus Colombia ended 6-5 via penalties in favour of the South Americans. Photo: Matthew Lewis.
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With the penalty shootout approaching, Flamingos coach Bankole Olowookere decided to bring on goalkeeper Chikamso Jiwuaku, the heroine in their win over the United States, who made a save during the penalty shootout.

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However, the idea to bring her on against Colombia eventually backfired as she was stuck on the line, with the South Americans having a field day.

Jiwuaku had saved a penalty, but Nigeria fluffed the chance to win it with their last kick as Colombia eventually won 6-5.

Nigerians have taken to social media to react to Jiwuaku’s performance:

One said:

“Abeg the goal keeper coach of flamingoes needs to be sack because what sham of a goalkeeper is this?”

Another added:

“Why did they bring in the second goalkeeper, she didn't dive once. At least make it difficult for them.”

One said:

“You removed a goalkeeper with 7 great saves to use the one that cannot dive to catch feelings.”

A fan wrote:

“The flamingoes goalkeeper though. 5 of the Colombian penalty kicks were soft kicks to the same position. But always quick to move to her right.”

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New NFF boss Ibrahim Gusau arrives in India to support Flamingos

Meanwhile, Sports Brief earlier reported that the newly-elected president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Ibrahim Gusau landed in India to support the Flamingos at the semi-finals of the ongoing FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup.

Gusau was in the stands as Nigeria lost to the South Americans in Goa.

The Flamingos are the first Nigerian team to be involved in a tournament during the presidency of Gusau.

Source: Sports Brief News