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Flamingos thrash Burkina Faso in U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifier



NIGERIA’S Flamingos advanced to the final qualifying round for this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup after a 6-0 demolition of Burkina Faso at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja today.

With the first leg in Bamako, Mali ending 1-1 last Saturday, the Flamingos progressed 7-1 on aggregate.

Harmony Chidi, who netted six of Nigeria’s goals in the 12-0 annihilation of Central African Republic in the first round and scored in Bamako last week, produced a hat-trick in today’s big win in Nigeria’s capital city.

She set the ball rolling with the opening goal in the 11th minute, profiting off a defensive blunder by the duo of Faridatou Ouedraogo and Obaidatou Nkiema to dribble past goalkeeper Agueratou Baguian.

Peace Effiong made it 2-0 in the 34th minute after evading two Burkina Faso defenders, and should have further extended the lead just before half-time but missed from close range.

Burkina Faso kept the score to just 2-0 until 16 minutes from time with their goalkeeper Baguian making some excellent saves.

The Nigerian girls then clicked into gear from the 74th minute, as Chidi headed home after Taiwo Afolabi’s effort had bounced off the crossbar.

Substitute Ramota Kareem made it 4-0 in the 84th minute and two minutes later, Chidi completed her hat-trick with a dipping shot.

Effiong got the final goal of the rout with one minute left on the clock, finishing off a brilliant team move.

The Flamingos will face either Senegal or Liberia in the final qualifying round, with the first leg scheduled for June 8.




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