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Nigeria’s Flamingos to face Ethiopia in U-17 qualifiers

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After the 6-0 aggregate defeat of Egypt, Nigeria’s U-17 Women’s team, Flamingos will face Ethiopia in the final qualifiers for the FIFA U-17 World Cup scheduled to hold later this year in India. Ethiopia stunned South Africa 3-0 in Johannesburg in the first leg but lost 1-0 at home to scale through on 3-1 aggregate.

Nigeria on Saturday at the Petrosport Stadium in Cairo only needed early first half goals from Opeyemi Ajakaye and Amina Bello to seal their progression.

In other fixtures, Morocco, Ghana and Cameroon have joined Nigeria in picking tickets to the last lap to the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, India 2022 after third round, second leg wins.

They secured their fourth round berths as Morocco pummelled Niger 7-0 in Rabat, as Cameroon thrashed Zambia 3-0 in Yaounde and in Cape Coast, Ghana cruised past Guinea 7-0, while Nigeria silenced Egypt 2-0 in Cairo.

At Stade Moulay Hassan, the baby Atlas Lionesses raced into a four goal lead thanks to strikes from Hiba Karimi, Douae Azizi, Doha El Madani and Kenza Laksiri to follow up on their 11-0 first leg win in Niamey.

Maysene Khelefi made it five 20 minutes after the restart before Laksiri bagged her second on the match and El Hannichi sealed the rout three minutes from time.

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This means the Moroccans completed an emphatic double over the Nigeriens with an 18-0 aggregate win and a final round date with Ghana.

In Yaounde, Camilla Daha brace and Lamine Mana effort were all the baby Indomitable Lionesses required to see out the Zambians at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.

Cruising from a 2-0 first leg win, Daha gave the Cameroonians a 23rd minute lead before Mana doubled the advantage 10 minutes later.

Two minutes from full time, Daha scored her second of the match to guarantee a 5-0 win on aggregate and set up a final round date with winner between Burundi and Tanzania next month.

Elsewhere, braces for Nancy Amoh and Constance Agyeman and a goal each for Georgina Ayisha Aoyem, Dejean Kubura and Mary Amponsah ensured Ghana’s humiliation of Guinea at the Cape Coast Stadium.

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With the result, the Black Maidens, who won 4-1 in the first leg in Conakry progressed to the next round on a 10-1 aggregate win and will slug it out with Morocco for a ticket in India.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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