FIFA U-17 WWCQ: Nigeria’s Flamingos Trash Liberia 4-1 In Monrovia

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Nigeria’s Under 17 female football team, secured a 4-1 victory against their hosts, Liberia, in the first leg of the final qualifying fixture for this year’s FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup match. The Flamingos have been to all but one of the previous seven editions of the World Cup and look set to make it to the Dominican Republic 2024 following their dominating win at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium on Sunday.

The Flamingos got off to a pretty quick start in the match. The Liberian girls, who shocked Senegal on the away goal rule to reach this final round, warded off the early threats from the Nigerian girls. Nigeria got the ball into the net after 14 minutes, but the Chadian referee, Lare Lamngar, ruled it offside. Not deterred, the Flamingos went forward once again, and in the 19th minute, Shakirat Moshood opened the scoring from a solo run. Peace Effiong scored in the 29th minute to put a wedge of respect between the two teams.

Fresh from netting a sensational hat-trick in the 6-0 thrashing of Burkina Faso last month, Harmony Chidi took off from where she left off after she smashed home Nigeria’s third goal in the 36th minute. Nigeria took their foot off the throttle after the break but substitute Blessing Ifitezue added the fourth for the Flamingos midway through the second half. However, Liberia pulled one back through Yassah Gwaikolo from the penalty spot three minutes from time after the referee penalised Onyedikachi Ekezie’s error. Still, Nigeria boast a healthy advantage to hold on to ahead of the return fixture on Friday, June 14. The return leg of the tie is scheduled for the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja with the aggregate winner set to join two other nations that will represent Africa at the Mundial.

The tournament will be hosted by the Dominican Republic from Oct. 16 to Nov. 3 and this is the first FIFA tournament hosted by the country. A total of 16 teams from six confederations will participate in the World Cup.

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