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U-17 WWC: Gusau, Plumptre hail Flamingos despite defeat to Colombia

The Flamingos have received plaudits even after their painful exit from the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India.

The Nigerian girls lost 6-5 on penalties to Colombia in yesterday’s semi-final in Goa after full-time ended 0-0.

This is the first time the country would be reaching the semi-final stage of the competition, and Nigeria Football Federation president Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau commended the girls for their effort.

“Amazing performance by the girls and I’m very proud of them despite the outcome of the match,” he tweeted.

“Their development and welfare remains a priority to us. Well done girls.”

Super Falcons defender Ashleigh Plumptre also joined in praising the girls despite the loss.

“What a team this U-17 group are! Flamingoes, we are SO proud of you,” the Leicester City star tweeted.

“Heartbreaking to go out on penalties but what a journey. The epitome of team spirit and togetherness.”

The Flamingos have a chance to win Africa’s first-ever medal in the tournament when they face Germany in a battle for bronze in the third-place match on Sunday in Navi Mumbai.

Germany, who defeated Nigeria in their opening group match of the tournament, lost their own semi-final 1-0 to Spain also yesterday.

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