U-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFIER: Nigeria thrash Guinea again
The Nigeria U-17 women’s team cruised past their Guinean counterparts 5-1 in the second leg of the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup second-round qualifying tie in Lagos.
The Nigerians had earlier thumped the Guineans 6-1 in the first leg last weekend in Conakry, and made light work of their opponents by an almost identical scoreline on Saturday.
The visitors showed more resistance than they had a week prior, fighting off a series of attacks from the Nigerian girls in the opening half. Chinyere Kalu, who scored the opener in the first leg, sent a lovely pass to Rofiat Imuran for the breakthrough in the 27th minute.
Six minutes later, Taiwo Lawal made it 2-0 in favour of the home side, before completing her brace five minutes before halftime to keep the goal-hungry Flamingoes flying high. Nigeria then got reduced to ten after Olamide Bolaji was given her marching orders on the stroke of halftime.
After the break, the intensity dropped drastically, but the game burst into life again in the final minutes of the encounter when Guinea pulled one back through Diallo Dede’s spot-kick to make the score 3-1 in the 85th minute.
However, there was still time for Nigeria to increase the tally, with substitute Alvine Dah-Zossu slotting home for 4-1 in the 86th minute before Chinyere Kalu scored a sumptuous freekick late on to end the game 5-1 in favour of Bankole Olowookere’s side.
Nigeria will face Ghana in the final qualifying round in May as they continue their quest to reach the U-17 Women’s World Cup in India later this year.