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It’s win or burst for Flamingoes

By Christian Okpara   |   04 October 2016   |   4:20 am
Flamingoes. PHOTO: Getty Images/Fifa

Flamingoes. PHOTO: Getty Images/Fifa

It was expected to be a difficult group, but followers of Nigeria’s age grade women football teams still believed the Flamingoes had the firepower to survive in Group C at the on-going U-17 Women World Cup holding in Jordan despite the presence of Brazil, England and North Korea.

Even when the Nigerian ladies lost their opening game of the competition 0-1 to Brazil on Saturday, the pundits still are unshaken in their belief that the Flamingoes will overcome England and North Korea. So, today, the Coach Nikyu-led girls will file out against England in a game that will determine whether their supporters’ trust in their ability is misplaced.

England held North Korea to a thrilling 3-3 draw in their opening game and see today’s match against Nigeria as the ideal clash to take them nearer the second round.

That is exactly what the Nigerian girls believe is impossible.

According to one of their officials, Dupe Oyewale, who has seen the girls working hard to rise from the ashes of the loss to Brazil, Nigeria will start its march to the second round with the game against England.

He told, “We will pick up the pieces by winning against England.

“In the first game, the girls were too nervous and so were not at their best possibly because most of them were playing at this level for the very first time and also against mighty Brazil.”

The Flamingoes, who have reached the last eight of this competition in the last three editions, will be hard pressed to win on Tuesday to get their campaign back on track.

Nigeria and England have clashed once in this tournament with England winning 1-0 at the maiden tournament in 2008.

The Three Lionesses will rely on Alessia Russo for the goals against Nigeria. The lass scored a 94th-minute equaliser as England opened their FIFA Women’s U17 World Cup campaign with a thrilling 3-3 draw with North Korea.

There is also Birmingham City forward, Ellie Brazil and Manchester City schemer, Georgia Stanway, who also scored against North Korea.

In Niamh Charles, John Griffiths’ team has a winger, who can torment Nigeria if given the chance to do her thing.

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