Ajakaye, Bello Score As Nigeria’s Flamingos Beat Germany in 3rd Place Battle at U-17 World Cup

Ajakaye, Bello Score As Nigeria’s Flamingos Beat Germany in 3rd Place Battle at U-17 World Cup

  • Flamingos of Nigeria have won bronze medal at the 2022 World Cup Under-17 in India beating Germany
  • Germany girls produced one of the best comeback in football history before they eventually lost on penalties
  • The Germans came back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 against the Flamingos before they lost 3-2 during the shootouts

Nigeria's Flamingos on Sunday afternoon, 30 October, defeated Germany 3-2 on penalties in the third place match at the Under-17 Women's World Cup in India in what was an emphatic result.

Coach Olowookere and his wards went into this match against Germany as wounded lions having lost their semifinal game against Colombia in a painful situation.

Flamingos had the chance to beat Colombia in the penalties, but Edafe missed the decisive chance before the Americans won 6-5.

Nigeria, Germany, Under-17 World Cup, 3rd place, India
Ajakaye, Bello score as Nigeria's Flamingos beat Germany in 3rd place battle at U-17 World Cup. Photo by Matthew Lewis
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Before facing Germany, NFF President, Ibrahim Gusau, boosted the morale of the players as he backed them to make themselves proud.

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When did they score?

The Flamingos started the encounter on an impressive note, but they had to wait until the 20th minute before netting their first goal through Opeyemi Ajakaye.

Aminat Bello scored the second goal for the Flamingos in the 48th minute before Etim got the third goal in the 63rd minute.

Germany pulled one back in the 73rd minute through Jella Veit with Paulina adding the second before Loreen Bender restored parity at the death to take the game into penalties.

And in the penalties, Nigeria won 3-2 to pick the bronze medal.

Nigerians react to Colombia loss

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how 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.

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.

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.

Source: Sports Brief News