Flamingos? players hope to get beyond the quarter final stage for the first time | By Jide Alaka

When the national U-17 women?s team, the Flamingos take on their French opponents on Thursday, some of the Nigerian players will be hoping that lightning does not strike twice.

In 2010, in Trinidad and Tobago, the Flamingos lost out to South Korea 6-5, after leading 2-0 at a point in that game.

The Nigerians had to force the game into extra time with scores tied at 4-4. But after 120 minutes, the Nigerian girls were headed home.  

Thursday presents another chance to right that wrong as two of the current squad, Sarah Nnodim and Oluchi Ofoegbu revealed in Azerbaijan.

As it was in 2010, in 2012, the Flamingos sailed through the group stage in Azerbaijan, where they scored a staggering 15 goals and conceded just one.

But Nnodim and Ofoegbu do not want a repeat of that ouster and believe that defeat was because the team was largely inexperienced.

?We lost because of a lack of experience and a lack of concentration,? said Nnodim to fifa.com.

?But we believe this time around we are able to pick up the trophy. We believe we have learnt from our loss in 2010, so we have gained experience because of it and we will not let it happen again.

?It was amazing at Trinidad and Tobago 2010. We lost that game because of a lack of concentration, but this time around I believe that we will make it up to ourselves,? said Ofoegbu.

?The game of football is all about experience, we believe we have learnt from our loss in 2010, so we have gained experience because of it and we will not let it happen again.?

?We are ready for this tournament and we believe we will lift the trophy because this time we are prepared for it,? concluded Nnodim.

Nigeria faces up to France, who scored 11 goals in the group stage. The match will be played at the Tofig Bahramov Stadium and kicks off at 4pm, Nigeria time.

Jide Alaka

Jide, formerly a professional footballer, is now a sports writer.

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