A battling display by Nigeria’s U-17 women’s team earned them a hard fought 2-2 draw against their visiting Cameroonian counterparts in a thrilling world cup qualifying encounter on Saturday 3rd of February.
In front of their home fans, the flamingoes – as the Nigerian U-17 ladies are called – had to come from behind to draw the match and keep the hopes of qualifying for the FIFA world cup later this year alive.
Vincent Precious placed Nigeria ahead in the second minute, tapping in Osaretin Oghenebrume’s pass from the right flank. Ngah Marie levelled scores for Cameroon seven minutes later with a brilliant header. It was game on!
The Nigerian crowd was silenced when Kameni Alice gave the visitors the lead as the first half was drawing to a close; 2:1 to Cameroon!
Oghenebrume restored parity for the Flamingoes scoring a sublime free-kick from the edge of the penalty area in the second half - 2:2 scoreline.
The second leg will hold in a fortnight in Yaoundé. The winner across both legs will qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 women's world cup to take place in Uruguay between 13 November and 1 December 2018.