Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay has been made tougher for Nigeria’s U17 girls.

The Flamingoes as they are fondly called will face a herculean task in Yaoundé in a fortnight after they could only force their Cameroonian counterparts to a 2-2 draw in their final round, first leg clash on Saturday.

It was initially looking like a good day at the office as Precious Vincent put Nigeria ahead after 100 seconds with a smart finish from Osaretin Ikekhua’s pass.

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But the Lionesses drew level only eight minutes later, with a brilliant header by Marie Ngah, and then shot into the lead just before the interval through Alice Kameni.

Ikekhua would turn scorer in the 54th minute, putting away a free –kick to draw Nigeria level on the evening.

The scoreline means the Flamingos must now win their opponents in the return leg in Yaounde in two weeks’ time, to earn a ticket to the 6th FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup taking place in Uruguay later this year.

The other option will be for the Flamingoes to record a higher score like 3-3 or beyond.

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