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Dominican Republic 2024: Burkinabe U17 girls to host Flamingos on neutral ground, Bamako

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Nigeria’s U17 girls, Flamingos will have the advantage of playing their away match against their Burkinabe counterparts in a 2024 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifying fixture on a neutral ground, with the world body having insisted that the Burkinabes cannot play in Ouagadougou as their home venue is not up to standard.

The decision has seen the Burkinabes opt for the Malian capital, Bamako, where they will host the Flamingos on Saturday, 11th May starting from 4pm Mali time.

The return leg will come up at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Saturday, 18th May starting from 4.30pm Nigeria time.

The Confederation of African Football has appointed Suavis Iratunga from Burundi as referee for the match that will take place at the March 26 Stadium, with her compatriots Fides Bangurambona, Alida Iradukunda and Joselyne Nsabimana as assistant 1, assistant 2 and fourth official respectively. Oumou Souleyman Kanefrom Mauritania will be commissioner while Aya Irene Ahoua from Cote d’Ivoire will be the referee assessor.

For the return leg in Abuja, Aline Umutoni from Rwanda will be the referee, with her compatriots Alice Umutesi and Sandrine Usenga as assistant 1 and assistant 2 respectively. Ethiopian Raya Sisay will be the fourth official., with Naa Odofoley Nortey as commissioner and Senegalese Fatou Gaye as referee assessor.

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The Flamingos’ delegation to Bamako will depart from Abuja on Wednesday, 8th May.  

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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Dominican Republic 2024: Liberia to host Flamingos in final round, first leg on June 9

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Liberia’s U17 girls will host World Cup bronze medallists, Flamingos of Nigeria at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium, Monrovia on Sunday, 9th June in the first leg of the teams’ FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup African qualification series final fixture.

The match in the Liberian capital will kick off at 4pm Liberia time (5pm in Nigeria).

Bankole Olowookere’s maidens have made their way into the fourth and final qualifying round following a 12-0 second round annihilation of their counterparts from Central African Republic, after which they dispatched Burkina Faso’s U17 girls 7-1 on aggregate.

The Liberian girls were the big surprise of the third round, edging out Senegal on the away goal rule after a 2-0 win in Monrovia in the second leg of a tie that the Senegalese thought they had wrapped up after a 3-1 win in Dakar.

The Flamingos will host the return at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Friday, 14th June starting from 4pm. The winner on aggregate will emerge as one of Africa’s three representatives at this year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals in the Dominican Republic.

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Burundi Vs Kenya and Zambia Vs Morocco are the other fixtures.

FIFA U17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP AFRICAN FINAL QUALIFYING ROUND

Liberia Vs Nigeria

Burundi Vs Kenya

Zambia Vs Morocco

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Dominican Republic 2024: Liberia stun Senegal to set up date with Flamingos

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Senegal got a stunning sucker punch and were thrown out of the race for this year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals after hosts Liberia stormed powerfully to a 2-0 win in Monrovia on Sunday to overturn a 1-3 first leg deficit.

The Young Maidens of Teranga were the favourites going into the second leg in the Liberia capital, but Louise Brown got the hosts in front in added time of the first half, and Dalphine Glao made it two nine minutes into the second half to throw the camp of the visitors into apprehension.

There were to be no further goals but the Liberian girls scraped through to the final round of the qualifiers on the away-goal rule, and will host Nigeria in the first leg on Saturday, 8th June. The return leg comes up a week later at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

FIFA U17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP AFRICAN FINAL QUALIFYING ROUND

Liberia Vs Nigeria

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Burundi Vs Kenya

Zambia Vs Morocco 

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Dominican Republic 2024: Flamingos thrash Burkinabe girls 6-0 to cruise into final round

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NFF 2ND Vice President, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye celebrating with the Flamingos after Saturday’s game.

Nigeria reached the final round of the African qualification series for this year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals after a 6-0 defeat of Burkina Faso at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Saturday evening.

Goal-poacher Harmony Chidi, who netted six of Nigeria’s dozen goals in the 12-0 annihilation of Central African Republic in the first round and also got the team’s goal in the 1-1 draw away in Bamako last week Saturday, came up big again with a hat-trick in front of delighted spectators in Nigeria’s administrative capital.

She put the Nigeria U17 girls in front after 11 minutes, capitalizing on a defensive blunder by the duo of Faridatou Ouedraogo and Obaidatou Nkiema to dribble past goalkeeper Agueratou Baguian. Four minutes later, Shakirat Moshood’s angled shot was foiled by the upright, and in the 27th minute, Peace Effiong’s dashing run ended with a tame shot.

Effiong made amends in the 34th minute, riding a couple of rough tackles to flash past the overworked Baguian as spectators egged the Flamingos on. She should have made it 3-0 with four minutes left in the first period, but got too much purchase on the ball from four yards.

In the second half, visiting goalkeeper Baguian drew applause with an excellent double save from Harmony Chidi in the 55th minute, but the World Cup bronze medallists reserved their greater potency for the last quarter-hour. In the 74th minute, Taiwo Afolabi’s soaring volley from 20 yards rocked the crossbar, but Chidi was on hand to coolly nod it into the net.

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Substitute Ramota Kareem made it four in the 84th minute. Two minutes later, Chidi got her hat-trick with a dipping shot, and with one minute left on the clock, Effiong got her brace after a wonderful team move.

Victory earned Nigeria a 7-1 aggregate win, and a place in the final round against the winner of the Senegal/Liberia fixture. The first leg is scheduled for Saturday, 8th June.

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