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Jonathan charges Flamingoes to win FIFA World Cup

27 September 2012, 07:35

Baku - President Goodluck Jonathan has charged Nigeria’s junior women team, the Flamingoes, to go all out and win the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan.

Alhaji Tukur Mani, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Iran, who has concurrent accreditation to Azerbaijan, Armenia and Kazakhstan, delivered the President’s message to the team and their officials in Baku.

The Deputy Head of Mission in Azerbaijan, Garba Bello, said:  “Amb. Tukur Mani, while  delivering the message of President Goodluck Jonathan to the team and their officials, urged them to excel.

"President Jonathan said we should boost the morale of the players and inspire them to go far and win the tournament.

"God willing, the team has started doing what the president urged them to do by beating the host nation Azerbaijan 11 – 0 on Tuesday before their fans.

"The match of yesterday (Tuesday) was a display of high skill and cohesion in the Flamingoes team.

"Even in the opening game against Canada, Nigerian girls showed good football, although they drew at the end. It was obvious that Nigeria was a better team than Canada in the game.

"With the way they are going, our girls will reach the final and lift the FIFA Under 17 World Cup.   I have watched all the teams in this competition training and I can say that we have no rival."

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Flamingoes will end their group campaign with a match against Columbia at Bayil Stadium in Baku on Saturday.

Meanwhile, with her five strikes against Azerbaijan in Tuesday's 11 – 0 victory, Nigeria's Chinwendu Ihezuo set a new tournament record for most goals by an individual in one game.

She overtakes Germany's Kyra Malinowski and Korea Republic's Yeo Minji, who each netted four against South Africa and Nigeria respectively during the 2010 edition.

Only two games into the campaign, Gambia have already equalled the tournament record for goals conceded.

The record was set by South Africa who shipped 17 in three matches at the 2010 edition.


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