• Babajide EverBlazin

FIFA U17 WWC: Flamingoes up for a third date with Colombia next Wednesday

Nigeria's U17 girls will be facing their counterparts from Colombia for the third time when the two teams lock horns for a place in the final of the ongoing FIFA U17 Women's World Cup in India.

The South Americans on Saturday defeated a downsized Tanzania at the quarter finals of the competition, thus ruling out a potential first all-african semifinal clash in the competition.

They scored all their three goals in the first half as Tanzania ended the tie with just nine girls.

Meanwhile, it would be recalled that Nigeria, who defeated USA on Friday via penalties had twice beaten the South Americans in 2012 and 2014.

The first was during the 2012 edition of the tournament in Azerbaijan, where Nigeria thrashed Colombia 3-0 in a Group A match played in Baku.

Now a Super Falcons midfielder, a young Halimatu Ayinde bagged a brace in the 32nd and 75th minute while an own-goal by a Colombian, Diana Duarte in the 80th minute completed the victory for Nigeria.

They met again at Costa Rica 2014 in Group D in the match played at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto in Alajuela, Nigeria came from behind to win 2-1.

Angie Rodriguez shot Colombia ahead in the third minute before Joy Bokiri levelled up for Nigeria in the 26th minute while Uchenna Kanu scored the winner in the 59th minute.

It will be a significant match for the Bankole Olowookere led side as they seek to extend their unbeaten run against the South Americasns.

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