Nigeria’s Flamingos have defeated their US counterparts today to advance to the Semi-finals of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup being played in India. The Flamingos won 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes of regulation time to reach their first ever semi-finals since the inception of the U-17 world cup.
Both teams scored in the first half with the Americans dominating the game. They started the second half trying to get a second goal but it never came resulting in a penalty shootout to decide who goes into the semi-final.
With four minutes of extra time played, Coach Olowookere Bankole made a double switch that many would describe as tactical.
He brought on Linda Jiwuaka to replace goalkeeper Faith Omilana while Amina Bello was substituted and Offing Immaculate was brought in.
The switch paid off in the end as Linda saved the last spot kick to hand Nigeria a semi-final ticket.
Nigeria will now play the winner of the game (holding on Saturday) between Colombia and Tanzania on Wednesday, October 26th, 2022.