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U-17 WWCQ: Flamingos beat Ethiopia 1-0 in Addis Ababa

Nigeria’s U-17 Women’s side, the Flamingos moved a step closer to securing a place at the World Cup following a 1-0 win against their hosts Ethiopia on Friday night.

Opeyemi Ajakaye scored the winning goal in the 36 minute of the final round qualifying fixture played at the Abebe Bikila Stadium in Addis Ababa.

The hosts, who eliminated South Africa in the previous round, put up a good fight in the encounter, but were no match for the Nigerian ladies.

The Flamingos also kept their impressive clean sheet record in the qualifying series.

Bankole Olowookere’s tutored side have scored 15 goals without conceding in five matches.

The Flamingos recorded 8-0 and 6-0 aggregate wins over Democratic Republic of Congo and Egypt respectively.

The return leg is billed for the newly refurbished Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja on June 7.

The Flamingos will need to avoid defeat to secure a place at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

India will host the competition in October, 2022.

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