Bankole Olowookere made history on Friday when he led the Flamingos to a win over USA in the quarter-finals of the U17 Women’s World Cup, becoming the first head coach to lead Nigeria in the semi-finals. final.
Nigeria took the lead in the 26th minute when Edafe Omamuzo scored from the spot but the Americans equalized through Amalia Villarreal before the end of the first half. The encounter ended in a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes, with Nigeria winning 4-3 on penalties and reaching the semi-final of the tournament for the first time.
In response to the result, Olowookere said he felt on top of the world for making his country proud. He told the media:
“I feel on top of the world. I’m happy. I feel good. I think making Nigeria proud from now on is one of the best things I can do for my generation. I’m happy that I can leave my mark and being among the people who contribute to the growth of Nigeria is a joy for my life, for my family and for those who know me.
Nigeria will face Colombia for a place in the final on Wednesday, October 26. The match will be played at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa. Olowookere is determined to reach the final. He said:
“We can do more. That’s what I tell the girls,” he continued. “If you have done well, you can do better. If we made it to the semi-finals, who says we can’t make it to the final? We are putting our strategy in place and with God’s help we will play the final, and that is what millions of Nigerians are waiting for.