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Pinnick unimpressed as Flamingoes struggle to reach final round of W’Cup qualifiers

Under 17 females draw Ethiopia

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of Nigerian U-17 Women’s team in Benin on Saturday.

The Nigerian girls made it to the final round of the FIFA U-17 World Cup qualifiers howbeit with the away goal rule after drawing 1-1 on aggregate with Ethiopia

The Flamingoes, having drawn 1-1 away to Ethiopia, were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of the tie in Benin City on Saturday.

Pinnick, who saw the game live in Benin, was relieved that Nigeria got through to the final round but stated that the team’s managers have more work to do ahead of their next game.

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“The coaches have a lot of work to do,” Pinnick told reporters after the match.

“Now that the team is in the final round, and they have some time to work on the squad, I believe they will do what is necessary to turn the team around.”

Also, the Chairman of the NFF Women’s Football Committee Alhaja Ayo Omidiran pleaded with Nigerians to not relent in their support for team in spite Saturday’s performance.

“The performance today was not gratifying,” said Omidiran. “But I plead with all Nigerians to continue to support all our women teams, including the U-17 girls.”

The girls will face Cameroon in the final round of the qualifier in February, and will hope to seal their ticket to the 2018 FIFA tournament in Uruguay.

 

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