The Flamingos of Nigeria will not fly the country’s flag in Uruguay following their loss on away goals to Cameroon in Yaounde yesterday.
This, however, will be the first time, Nigeria will not be represented in the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup
Cameroonian Cubs forced Flamingos to a 1-1 draw in the return leg after the first game ended in a 2-2.
Nigeria featured in all previous five FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cups since the inaugural edition in 2008.
The Flamingos were part of the inaugural party in New Zealand in 2008 and also featured at 2010 (Trinidad and Tobago), 2012 (Azerbaijan), 2014 (Costa Rica) and 2016 (Jordan) editions.
Coach Bala Nikyu coached the team at the two last editions of the FIFA World Cup.
Alice Kameni gave the home team a 16th minute lead, before substitute Martha Vincent drew the Flamingos level eight minutes from time. This year’s tournament is to be staged in Uruguay in November.
Elsewhere on the continent, Ghana demolished Djibouti 19-0 on aggregate to book Africa’s third and final spot at Uruguay 2018. Ghana had all but secured their qualification heading into the second leg after a 9-0 first-leg victory, and they were able to better that performance by one goal and stroll to qualification for Uruguay 2018.
Cameroon and Ghana are joined by South Africa, who secured their berth after a 6-1 aggregate win over Morocco on Saturday, as the three African teams at Uruguay 2018.
The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 will be held from 13 November to 1 December across three host cities: Colonia del Sacramento, Maldonado and Montevideo.