Nigeria’s U-17 women’s national team the Flamingos bounced back from their 2-1 defeat to Germany Tuesday with a 4-0 win over New Zealand on Friday in the team’s second Group B match of the tournament.
Prime Business Africa’s IZUCHUKWU OKOSI presents the players ratings form the defeat.
GK: Faith Omilani
The goalkeeper made a good strings of saves l in the first half albeit the challenge on Friday were less threatening. The defenders in front of her were also good on the day. 6/10.
The rightback scored her second goal of the tournament when she made it 2-0 in the 34th minute of the game. Hardworking as ever. 7/10.
Playing at left back, Adeshina who is also adept in central defence assisted a goal and was really a good outlet to launch attacks down the left flank. 7/10.
A much improved performance from the tall defender who covered Adeshina whenever the latter ventured forward down the flanks. 7/10.
Oyinlola was excellent in defence. She brought the ball out of the back a lot and made clearances to deny the Kiwis a few times. 7/10.
A decent game for the defensive midfielder even though the game was less likely to trouble the Nigerian side. 6/10.
Prime Business believes the deputy captain had a better game against Germany than the rout against New Zealand but credit must still go the way of the attacking midfielder making things tick over. 6.5/10.
The captain has got quick feet and is really pacy from the flanks but her form during the qualifiers were more electrifying the World Cup form.
Substituted on Friday same as on Tuesday in the defeat to Germany so hasn’t seen a full 90 minutes. 6/10.
The diminutive midfielder had a great performance on Friday than she had on Tuesday. The team scored their third goal through her in the 75th minute with a toepoked long range strike. 8/10.
Good on the ball with her mazy runs and dribbles albeit her finishing needs to be improved upon. 7/10..
One of the few changes made in the lineup chosen by coach Oloworooke.
Bello paired Opeyemi Ajakaye in attack and was a difficult one for the New Zealanders. She missed a few chances that could have seen her team score more.
was a threat throughout with her footwoork, passed, shots. Excellent. 8.5/10.
Big, Strong and powerful striker did not score on Friday against New Zealand but she was at the heart of so many attacking move by the Nigerian side. 9/10.
The forward was a second half substitute on Friday unlike against Germany when she started. Her goal was a pitch of a strike. 7/10.
Edafe made her World Cup debut on Friday in the second half of the game and almost scored when her shot went wide off target. Could have been the fifth goal of the ball was a bit more lower. 5/10.atings
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.