FIFA U-17 WWC: Flamingoes bottles first half lead against Germany
Nigeria’s Flamingoes began their campaign at the 2022 U-17 Women’s World Cup in India with a 2-1 loss to Germany having scored in the first half.
Captain Dah Zossu Alvine was hacked down in the 29th minute and 15-year old Miracle Usani gave Nigeria the lead as she excellently fired the resulting free-kick into the net.
The defender chose to place the ball low which went past the German wall as Nigeria led 1-0 at half-time.
A few minutes after half-time, Flamingos coach made two changes. Taiwo Afolabi replaced Amina Bello while Bisola Mosaku came in for captain, Alvine Dah Zossu.
Hamburg forward Svea Stold equalized for Germany in the 49th minute after a nice short corner routine.
Mara Alber scored the winner for the Germans in the 61st minute to claim all three points.
Nigeria dominated and had few chances in the early stages. Opeyemi Ajakaye almost got the Flamingos in front but the woodwork denied her fantastic strike from inside the box.
The team tutored by Coach Bankole Olowookere are in Group B. The other group opponents are Chile and New Zealand.
Nigeria will face New Zealand in their second group fixture on Friday, October 14, 2022 while Germany faces Chile.