U17 – World Cup: Nigeria Looses to Germany in Margao

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Nigeria U17 Women’s team suffered a 2-1 defeat against Germany in their opening Group B match at the ongoing 2022 Fifa U17 Women’s World Cup in India. Following a foul on captain Alvine Dah-Zossu, the Flamingos were awarded a free-kick outside the box which defender Miracle Usani slotted past the goalkeeper on the half-hour mark. Even then, the Europeans restored parity, four minutes into the second half as Svea Stoldt punished the flamingos for poor defending. A minute after the hour mark, Mara Alber doubled Germany’s advantage as Nigeria failed in their chase to restore parity.

Nigeria has now lost their first game in the competition. That result places them in third position in Group B. To fancy their chances of qualifying for the knockout phase, coach Bankole Olowookere’s girls must subdue New Zealand and Chile in their next two matches. Olowookere’s girls would be hoping to bounce back from the Germany defeat when they lock horns against New Zealand on October 14 at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

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