Flamingoes to approach other games with caution


After beating host, Azerbaijan 11-0 in the FIFA U17 girls World Cup, Nigerian coach, Peter Dedevbo (In pic) says they will not let the win get into their heads and will approach other games in the same way.

“When we arrived Azerbaijan for the tournament, I told my girls not to underrate any team. This can be seen in the way we approached each team and today’s match.

“I thank God and my girls for the victory, but we will not let this get into our heads. We will continue to apply the same approach to every game."

This is the second time the Flamingoes have beaten the host nation of a FIFA tourney. In Trinidad and Tobago, it ended 2-1 in favour of Flamingoes.

The Azerbaijanis, who could not bear the shame wanted to leave the stadium but could not do so because the stadium gates were locked. They however were compelled to stand and watch the demolition on their girls.

Back at the team's hotel, players and officials of Azerbaijan congratulated the Nigerian team, wished them and said they hope to see Flamingoes play in the final.

The team will fly back to Baku, Wednesday afternoon where they will play their final group match against Colombia on the 29th.

Nigeria now top the Group A with 4 points and 12 goals.

Chinwendu Ihezuo scored five and assisted for three other goals to post a man-of-the-match display for Nigeria, who were in a must-win situation before the game after playing 1-1 draw with Canada in their opening game.

Ihezuo, who rescued Nigeria for a point against Canada, opened the scoring as early as the fifth minute after capitalising on Madel Effiom’s cross cannoned fortuitously off the bar to tap in from a yard out.

Three minutes later it was 2-0 - Oluchi Ofoebu squaring from inside the box to see Halimatu Ayinde squeeze her effort under Aytaj Sharifova.

The third goal came when Effiom once again crossed for Ihezuo, who laid the ball off for Tessy Biahwo to fire from the edge of the box.

Ayinde then made one and scored her second, laying the first on for Aminat Yakubu, before Ihezuo turned provider.

Ihezuo then doubled her own tally, Yakubu crossing for her to put in at the far post. Ayinde missed the chance to complete her hat-trick when she missed an untended goal, but her pass on 37 minutes saw Ihezuo complete hers.

Nigar Jalilli had two chances to score for the hosts, one drawing a fantastic save from an otherwise unworked Gift Andy.

The tune didn’t change after half-time, Ihezuo netting her fourth after Ebere Okoye’s neat through-ball. Substitute Joy Bokiri then got in on the act, converting Ayinde’s cross.

Ihezuo got her fifth, rising to head Biahwo’s deep free-kick, before roles reversed as the midfielder curled an effort into the bottom corner for the final goal.



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