It is late post today.
Two Nigerian teams were in action over the weekend and they produced contrasting results. The Flamingoes were knocked out of the FIFA U-17 Women World Cup while the Super Eagles grabbed three points from Zambia in Ndola.
The Flamingoes needed to defeat North Korea by a 2 goal margin but were thrashed 3-0 thus dashing their hopes of qualifying for a 4th consecutive quarter final in the U-17 Women World Cup. With no goals scored and 4 conceded, the ladies ended their worst World Cup campaign ever. It is worrisome that a team that scored 16 goals in the qualifiers could not register one in Jordan. It is time to start preparing for Uruguay 2018.
For us, it’s not about feeling bad. We have taken part in the World Cup and that is a wonderful experience. For most of the players, this was a new experience for them. A new and great experience. Next time, they can be better. – Bala Nkiyu (Flamingoes Coach)
Next month, the Falconets will be in the 2016 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup next month in Papua New Guinea. Hopefully they redeem the country’s image.
Nigeria began their 2018 World Cup qualifiers campaign with a 2-1 victory over Zambia in Ndola. Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi opened scoring in the 33rd minute before Kelechi Iheanacho added a second in the 42nd minute, thanks to a well laid pass by Brown Ideye who celebrates his birthday today.
It was joyful watching the team put up by Rohr – a youthful side. The Zambians got one back towards the end to put up a nervy finish for the Super Eagles. It was a first win for Nigeria in Zambia and 3 points to begin the campaign. Algeria and Cameroon played out a 1-1 draw in Algiers.
The feeling is good and the Eagles are back to the country with November 9 on their mind. The Algerian Foxes have to fall in Uyo. Enjoy the feeling while it lasts.
What about the Falcons? I hear the recent invitation was limited to only 8 foreign based ladies. Not good. Financial issues?