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Nikyu optimistic Flamingoes will make World Cup finals

21 March 2014, 12:17Israel Ojoko

San Jose - Head coach Bala Nikyu has expressed optimism that the Flamingoes will make the finals of the ongoing FIFA U17 Women's World Cup,  after coming from behind to defeat South Americans, Colombia 2 -1 and book their place in the last eight.

Nigeria started on the back foot after Angie Rodriguez scored the game's opening goal in the 3rd minute through a header before Joy Bokiri's sublime free-kick restored balance for the African giants.

Luckily before the hour mark, Uchenna Kanu stole the opportunity from the Colombian's defensive error to net Nigeria's winner.

Nikyu restated the Flamingoes' desire to reaching their first ever final at the U17 Women's World Cup, while admitting that his players were overwhelmed by the victory against China.

"We're hoping to keep going; the competition doesn't end in the next round. We would like to reach the final, and why not lift the trophy?

Nigeria will face Mexico in a battle for the top spot of Group D on Sunday at the 34,453 capacity-size La Sabana stadium in the capital city of Costa Rica, San Jose.

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