Enugu – Football enthusiasts in Enugu on Monday applauded the Flamingoes of Nigeria for their 3-0 bashing of Mexico on Sunday at the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.
The Flamingoes defeated Mexico 3-0 to lead Group D and will now face Spain in the quarter-finals on Friday at the Estadio Edgardo Baltodano Briceno, Liberia in Costa Rica.
The enthusiasts who spoke said the Flamingoes surprised everybody in their match against Mexico at San Jose in Costa Rica.
They also applauded the team’s performance in their first two matches, where the Flamingoes scored four goals and conceded two goals compared to Mexico’s eight goals for and none against.
Sunday Ugwu, the Secretary of Enugu State Football Association, said the players were determined to carry the day and this reflected in the scoreline.
He however warned the Flamingoes to immediately raise their game and henceforth realise the difference between the group stage and the knockout stage.
“From the results so far, they are going to bring home gifts at the end of the World Cup.
“Therefore, the Flamingoes need to approach the quarter-finals against Spain with determination and agility for a good result,’’ Ugwu said.
In his reaction, a director at the Enugu State Ministry of Sports, Edwin Eze, said the Flamingoes were living up to expectations.
“What we are seeing from the girls is the result of the exposure they had in terms of friendly matches and camping,’’ Eze said.
Forster Chime, Rangers International FC’s spokesman, said the Flamingoes were really out for the World Cup trophy.
“I never expected such a margin of goals from the Flamingoes against the high-flying Mexicans. It means the girls are growing from game to game.
“As for me, I believe the Flamingoes will stop at nothing to win the World Cup trophy in Costa Rica. This is our time to celebrate,’’ Chime said.(NAN)