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Flamingoes win again

28 February 2014, 13:23Israel Ojoko

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 of Nigeria.

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 day.

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