The Flamingos celebrate their reaching the Semi-Finals of the FIFA U-17 Women’s WorldCup for the first time in History after defeating Powerhouse, USA in penalties. Photo: Twitter
The Flamingos of Nigeria have crashed out of the ongoing FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, after a 5-6 sudden death loss, in a nail-biting Penalty shootout with Colombia, in Gao, India.
Full time of the encounter dominated by Colombia, had ended goalless, as the Flamingoes defended relentlessly, especially in the second half to force the draw, and a shootout.
Having edged out Powerhouse USA on penalties on Friday, to qualify for the Semifinals for the first time ever, many followers of the Flamingoes, were hoping that thunder would strike twice, in the same fashion today.
The South Americans were first to miss, as they fluffed their third kick, and all Nigeria needed to qualify for the final, was to convert her fifth and final kick.
The Flamingoes failed in the task, and it was all square again at 4-4; before Colombia ceased the initiative in sudden death, by scoring their sixth and seventh kick, while Nigeria faltered by failing to score their seventh kick of the shootout.
Colombia who had previously lost twice at this level to Nigeria, thus advanced to the final, where they will face the winner of the other Semifinal, between Germany and Spain.
Reporting by Chinedum Ohanusi; Editing by Muzha Kucha