Nigeria put one leg in the fourth round of the African qualifiers for the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, India 2022™ after a 4-0 first leg thrashing of Egypt in Abuja on Sunday, April 17.
The Egyptians had scales through to the third round after the withdrawal of Guinea Bissau, while the Nigerians reached the stage following an 8-0 aggregate victory over DR Congo in March 2022.
The Flamingos made a promising start at the Moshood Abiola Stadium but couldn’t find a breakthrough until Opeyemi Ajakaye opened the scoring with a calm finish from close range in the 28th minute.
The Egyptians, however, almost leveled up two minutes latter when captain Nadia Ramadhan found her way into the box before launching her strike but keeper Faith Omilana denied her with a point blank save.
Meanwhile, the home side regained dominance and we’re rewarded with the second of the match when Omowunmi Bello headed home Fatimoh Adeshina’s corner in the 38th minute of the match.
With a 2-0 up, the Flamingos continued from where the left off but Ajakaye missed a glorious chance to increase the tally two minutes into the second half before the visitors reclaimed possession of the ball.
However, another breakthrough came for the Nigerians when Miracle Usani calmly received a pass and fired into the bottom corner with a low driven shot for the hosts’ third goal in the 54th minute.
The goal-hungry Flamingos did not relent and added the fourth when Bello found space on the edge before firing the ball beyond the rushing Egyptian goalkeeper eight minutes later.
In the closing stages, the visitors made numerous attempts to bag a precious away goal, notably through Farah Elmahdy but the Nigerian defense held on to protect their clean sheet.
After the loss in Abuja, the baby Pharaohs will seek to put up a strong performance in a bid to overturn the deficit when both teams meet in the second leg in Cairo on May 1, 2022.