Nigeria’s Flamingoes have crashed out of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan without scoring a goal.
The Nigerians finished last in Group C after a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Korea DPR on Saturday.
The Flamingoes had gone into the last group game with a slim chance of progressing to the quarterfinals, after picking only one point from their previous games.
Ri Hae Yon’s hat-trick sinks Nigeria
Ri Hae Yon ensured a dismal outing for Nigeria after scoring a hat-trick for her side, who finished top of Group C and qualified for the quarterfinals undefeated.
Hot-shot Ri bagged a first-half double before notching her third on 83 minutes, bringing her tally to four goals in two games, as Korea DPR capped off a commanding victory at the Amman International Stadium.
How Both Teams Played
Nigeria started brightly. Captain Rasheedat Ajibade was a menace throughout the opening 45 minutes. Her blistering pace forced Ok Kum Ju to make a number of early stops.
Despite early pressure from Nigeria, it was Korea DPR who took the lead on the half-hour mark.
Ko Kyong Hui made a tackle on the halfway line and sent a long pass over the Nigeria defence. Ri got onto the end of the bouncing ball and fired past goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie.
Korea DPR then doubled their advantage shortly before the break through Ri’s second of the day. She capped off a well-worked team move by slotting home from close range.
Ri then completed her hat-trick on 83 minutes after receiving Kim Jong Sim’s free-kick in the area and slotting a side-footed effort past Nnadozie.