The country's representatives in Azerbaijan are through to the quarter final of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup after a 3-0 thrashing of Colombia in Baku
Halimatu Ayinde's second brace of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup was enough to send Nigeria into the quarter-finals and Colombia out in a 3-0 victory.
Chinwendu Ihezuo went close early on, her bullet header going just wide as she aimed to improve on her tally of six at Azerbaijan 2012. However they had to wait until the 32nd minute to open the scoring, Ihezuo feeding Ayinde to slot beneath Lissa Cardozo.
It was a scrappy game, but one that was favouring the African side. Nigeria were being limited to few chances despite dominating possession, but last-ditch tackles and blocks were keeping Colombia in it.
Maldonado almost swung things back on level terms though, with her looping free-kick from 40 yards crashing off the crossbar on 50 minutes, only for Gift Andy to recover and prevent Marcela Restrepo tapping in.
Moments later Tessy Biahwo then struck a decent free-kick of her own, but Cardozo was equal to it. Nigeria then had the ball in the net 15 minutes into the second period, but it was ruled out for a foul after Cardozo spilled a cross.
Captain Dayana Castillo almost drew Colombia level after breaking clear, only for Andy to deny her and seconds later, they were two goals down. Substitute Yetunde Adeboyejo combined well with Ayinde before the latter stroked the ball in off the bar.
When Diana Duarte put into her own net with a miscued header, Colombia’s last hopes were dashed and France await the the Flamingoes after crushing Gambia 10-2.
The win guaranteed Flamingoes top spot with 7 points from 3 matches and a whooping goals difference of +14 while they are joined in the quarter final by Canada who beat hosts Azerbaijan 1-0 to end the group stage with 7 points but with lesser goals difference to the Nigerians.
Nigeria will slug it out with France on Thursday, October 4 at4pm for a place in the semi finals.