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Nigeria’s Under17 women’s team, the Flamingoes defeated their counterparts from Kenya 3-0 at the MKO Stadium, Abeokuta on Saturday.

The Flamingoes go through to the next stage on 5-0 aggregate.

They are most likely to confront Zambia who earned a 5-0 win away to Botswana in the final stage of the African qualifiers for the 2012 Fifa Under17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan.

The visitors came out strong with the aim to reverse the 2-0 deficit but succeeded in holding their more experienced hosts to a goalless first half.

The resumption of second term saw the Nigerians push forward and got rewarded at the 50th minute when Kesiana Biahwo hit the back of the net for her side’s opening goal.

Oluwatosi Adeboyejo made it two in the 68th minute while Ibrahim Halima Ayinde sealed victory for the home side on 87 minutes.

Coach of the Nigerian team, Peter Dedevbo told SuperSport.com that he is excited qualifying for the next stage of the qualifiers.

“I am excited that we won big today (Saturday) and advance to the next stage.

“The Kenyan coach is at liberty to say whatever he likes, we will try and get better as we progress.

“We’re determined in qualifying Nigeria for the World Cup,” he said.

However, his opposite number, Frederick Mmasi Serenge intensified his accusation that the Nigerian women are over-aged.

“Merely looking at the Nigerians you will see that they’re old.

“This stage of the game is purely developmental.

“Unfortunately, Nigeria are not looking in that direction, they just want to win.

“I am proud of my young players, they are inexperienced but in two years time, I bet you they will beat your team hands down.

“There is nothing to feel bad at, they didn’t not play with their mates,” he said.

By Humphrey Njoku, © SuperSport.com


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