The second leg of the U-17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers (U17WWCQ) between Nigeria’s Flamingos and Guinea’s U-17 team took place on Saturday evening at the Agege Soccer Temple with the Flamingos defeating the visitors 5-1 in front of the Agege spectators.
Flamingos took an unassailable lead in the first leg defeating the Guineans 6-1 in Conakry in what was a one sided encounter throughout the duration of the match.
Coming to Lagos for the second leg at the Agege Soccer Temple the girls assured Nigerians that there wouldn’t be any form of complacency on their path despite having a 6-1 lead and at the end of 90 minutes, the girls didn’t disappoint.
From the blast of the whistle by the center referee to signal the commencement of the match to the end, the Flamingos were on the front foot with the home fans cheering them on.
However, unlike the first leg where the Flamingos found the breakthrough in the 3rd minute, the Guineans were more resolute but not for long. In the 27th minute, Imuran Rofiat and Chinyere Kalu both combined to give Nigeria the lead.
Kalu found Rofiat with a beautiful pass and the latter finished with applomb to put Nigeria in front. From then on, it was business as usual for the Flamingos as Taiwo Lawal doubled the lead within 6 minutes from the first.
Taiwo Lawal then added a 3rd goal to complete her first half brace as Nigeria went into half time with a comfortable three goal lead and a player down following a red card to Olamide Bolaji after a poor tackle on a player in the opposing team.
This however didn’t stop the girls from attacking at they added two more goals in the second half courtesy of Chinyere Kalu and Alvine Dah-Zossu.
Guinea also got a goal of their own from the penalty spot but it was only a consolation as Nigeria ended the tie 11-2 winners on aggregate to progress to the next round.
The Flamingos will now progress to the second round where they’ll face Ghana in May.
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