Lisbon - Striker Chinwe Ihezuo scored a hat-trick for the
Nigeria U-17 women team to edge past tough Spanish Sporting Huelva for a 3-2
victory in an international friendly in Portugal.
The girls stated their resilience
as they secured another victory despite their Spanish opponents
coming back twice at the Browns Hotel Football arena in Faro, Portugal.
The Nigerians continued their impressive run in a
19-day training tour in Portugal ahead of the World Cup in Costa
Rica from March 15th to April 5th.
Pelican Stars forward Chinwe Ihezuo, who was a standout in
the encounter, put the Flamingoes in front with her breakthrough in the 13th
minute and doubled the lead at five minutes from the break.
The Flamingoes’ lead was reduced in the 43rd minute when the
Spanish side pulled one back to keep the score line 2-1 at half time in favour
However, the Spanish visitors powered home the second five
minute into the second half through forward Martin Prieto as they held out to
deny the Nigerian side any victory.
Disappointingly, the unstoppable Azerbaijan 2012 silver boot winner breezed past the Spanish
club side’s defense to secure the game and her third goal of the
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