Nigeria’s Flamingos on Friday mauled New Zealand 4-0 at the ongoing FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on Friday to enhance their chances of qualifying to the knockout stages of the tournament reports Prime Business Africa.
Goals from Amina Bello, Miracle Usani, Taiwo Afolabi, and Edidiong Etim downed the Kiwis who lost 3-1 to Chile in their first Group B match in Tuesday same day Nigeria went down 2-1 to Germany despite a spirited performance.
The Flamingos scored their first goal in 16th minute through Bello whose header saw the ball squirm through the arms of the New Zealand keeper.
Miracle Usani doubled the lead in the 34th minute when she delivered a crossshot that completely deceived Aimee Feinburg Danielli in goal for New Zealand.
Taiwo Afolabi scored the third goal with a powerful shot that saw the ball sail into the top right corner in the 75th minute but had to wait for VAR to confirm there was no offside in the buildup while substitute Edidiong Etim made it 4-0 in added time after 90 minutes through another long range strike.
Despite the impressive showing of the Flamingos, they wasted lots of scoring chances and must work on improving on that when they face Chile on Monday.
The Chileans defeated New Zealand 3-1 in their first Group B match and will face Germany Friday night.
Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.