The Flamingos, Nigeria’s U-17 women’s national team, won their first-ever bronze medal in the U-17 Women’s World Cup in India on Sunday, beat Germany 3-2 on penalties.
It is the country’s most significant performance at that level of football, having previously only reached the quarter-finals since the competition began in 2008.
The Flamingos were eliminated on penalties by Colombia, while the Germans were eliminated on penalties by eventual champions Spain in the other final four match to set up the third-place match.
Blessing Sunday, Etim and Player-of-the-Match Ajakaye all scored from the penalty spot for the Flamingos, but defender Tumininu Adeshina’s mistake didn’t matter because Germany’s important kick was missed by Pauliner Bartz.
Bankole Olowookere, head coach of the Flamingos, expressed his delight at his team’s bronze medal achievement.