FG yet to host Flamingos 175 days after pledge

The Federal Government is yet to host the U-17 women’s national team, the Flamingos, 175 days after it pledged to receive the bronze-winning team at the 2022 U-17 Women’s World Cup in India.

The Flamingos claimed their first-ever bronze medal at the U-17 Women’s World Cup in India after defeating favourites Germany 3-2 on penalties.

Having consistently failed to get past the last eight of the competition, Bankole Olowookere’s side overcame the free-scoring USA on penalties to book a place with Colombia in the semi-finals.

The South Americans, however, ended the Flamingos’ dream of reaching the final after they triumphed 6-5 on penalties.

The Flamingos would go on to claim the bronze medal in the third-place match, avenging their opening 2-1 defeat against Germany, beating the European champions 3-2 on penalties after 90 minutes of football ended 3-3.

It was Africa’s first-ever podium finish at the competition.

Apart from claiming the ‘Golden Bronze’, the tournament was also one to remember for forward Opeyemi Ajakaye, who clinched three player-of-the-match awards in India.

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