Bronze-winning Flamingos land in Nigeria after winning U-17 Women’s World Cup

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The team was flown from the host country India at 4am on Tuesday and transited through Addis Ababa, Ethiopia before arriving at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

Bronze Award Flamingos

Nigeria recorded their best result at the tournament on Sunday after a 3-2 penalty shootout victory (3-3 after full time) over Germany in the third place match at DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.

After three quarter-finals in 2010, 2012 and 2014, this feat saw the side managed by Bankole Olowokere become the first Nigerian women’s U-17 side to win a medal at the FIFA tournament.

Nigeria also became the second African team to achieve such a feat since Ghana’s third-place finish in Azerbaijan in 2012.

The Flamingos missed making the U-17 Women’s World Cup final for the first time in 2018.

In 32 matches in the competition, 95 goals have been scored – an average of 2.97 goals per game – with Nigeria accounting for 11 of those goals.

Spain defend FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup trophy

Later on Sunday, Spain beat Colombia 1-0 to successfully defend their title.

The final watched by more than 24,000 people, unfortunately saw Colombian Ana Guzman put the ball in her net in the 82nd minute, to give the victory to the Spaniards.

Having also won the tournament in 2018, finished second in 2014 and third in 2010 and 2016, Spain become the most successful team to ever compete in the women’s competition by age, overtaking North Korea.

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