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Flamingoes beat Benfica

04 March 2014, 14:02Israel Ojoko

Lisbon - With two weeks to the Women U-17 World Cup in Costa Rica, the Flamingoes have again restated their readiness for the competition with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Portuguese’s women club, ClubeFutebolBenfica in an international friendly match.

Cynthia Aku’s brace and solitary efforts from Ajibade Rashidat and ChinweIhezuo fired up the Nigerian women for victory in an encounter played at the Clube Futebol Benfica stadium in Benfica.

Red-hot Uche Kanu put the Flamingoes ahead via Yakubu Aminat’s pass in the 7th minute and later had her 17th minute goal cancelled for an offside.

Fascinatingly, Ajibade Rashidat blasted home the second goal on the brink to ensure the Nigerian side finished the half with a 2-0 lead.

In the second half, the explosive Coach Bala Nkiyu’s tutored side started the half with all gun blazing as Cynthia fired home the third for Nigeria in the 50th minute, before the Portuguese club grabbed what looked like a consolation through Mafalda with fourteen minutes to regulation time.

Horribly for the Portuguese side, Aku Cynthia got her second goal of the night in the 85th minute, while substituted Chinwe Ihezuo, who came in for Ajibade Rashidat added the fifth deep in injury time to complete the rout.

The latest victory for the Nigeria U 17 women became the third in all three friendly games of Europe’s training tour – with earlier 3-2 win over Sporting Heulva after 3-1 spanking of Portuguese’s CDR Quarteirense U14 boys.

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