by Agency Reporter


Nigeria’s Flamingoes demolished hosts Azerbaijan 11-0 in a second group game at the ongoing FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on Tuesday.

Chinwendu Ihezuo scored five and assisted for three other goals to post a man-of-the-match display for Nigeria.

Ihezuo, who scored against Canada, opened scoring in the fifth minute. Three minutes later it was 2-0 with Oluchi Ofoebu squaring from inside the box to see Halimatu Ayinde squeeze her effort under Aytaj Sharifova.

The third goal came when Ihezuo laid the ball off for Tessy Biahwo to fire from the edge of the box.  Ayinde then made one and scored her second, laying the first on for Aminat Yakubu, before Ihezuo turned provider.

Ihezuo then doubled her own tally, Yakubu crossing for her to put in at the far post. Ayinde missed the chance to complete her hat-trick when she missed an untended goal, but her pass in the 37 minute saw Ihezuo complete hers.

The tune didn’t change after half-time, Ihezuo netting her fourth after Ebere Okoye’s neat through-ball. Substitute Joy Bokiri then got in on the act, converting Ayinde’s cross.

Ihezuo got her fifth, rising to head Biahwo’s deep free-kick, before roles reversed as the midfielder curled an effort into the bottom corner for the final goal.

The Nigerian girls are now top of Group A with four points after Canada managed to scrape past Colombia 1-0 in the earlier game of the day.


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