Nigeria’s Flamingoes lived up to the task in their third place match to grab the bronze medal, which happened to be Nigeria’s only medal in football this year.
It was not just a medal won for the year, but it was a feat accomplished for African football as they became the first African side to go that far since the inception of that tournament.
Before Flamingoes reached the third place play-off, our senior women’s national team, Super Falcons, had an early opportunity to win our first medal when they played in third place of the AWCON, which took place in Morocco, which they lost to Zambia.
Aside from losing the Women’s third place match to Zambia, Super Falcons lost three matches in that tournament, which was the very first such was recorded in their history.
However, Flamingoes, who lost two en route to the third place play-off, ensured they avoided suffering the same fate of losing three matches in a single tournament.
They squarely faced the situation with full determination and ensured they got a pound of their flesh from Germany, who had earlier inflicted a 2-1 defeat on them at the group stage.
Flamingoes did not see any fear against Germany despite losing in their opener to them. They played them as though they were meeting them for the first time and were quick to take the lead, by 1-0 in the first half.
In the second half, they scored two more goals to take a comfortable lead by 3-0 before the Germans roared back like wounded lionesses to level up, leading to penalties.
If there is one thing which the Flamingoes achieved in this tournament, it is achieving that which the Super Falcons could not accomplish this year, and more importantly, winning Nigeria’s only medal in football in the year 2022.