Onyeka Gamero who played for USA at U-17 Women’s World Cup
Nigeria’s flamingos defeated their USA counterparts in the quarter final played on Friday at the ongoing U-17 Women World Cup in India 4-3 on penalties after playing out a 1-1 draw in the regulation time.
It was an all historic day for both teams. The Nigerians were keen to reach the semi-final for the first time in their history at the competition while Americans were also hoping to reach the semis for the first time since 2008, when they finished as runners-up at the inaugural edition in New Zealand.
However, one person that would eventually headline the event was a USA player who is also of a Nigerian descent,Onyeka Gamero.
Gamero is eligible to play for three countries; America, Nigeria and Spain.
She would be remembered as part of the team that won the CONCACAF U-17 tournament for USA this year’s May.
The 16-year old forward also etched her name in gold when she scored the third and final goal for her team as they defeated their Mexico counterparts 3-0 to lift the regional trophy in May at Dominican republic.
Gamero plays on the attacking right side of USA 4-3-3 and has scored 1 goal in three games.
Also known as Paloma, she had ahead of the game against Nigeria had expressed how her skills will help the team defeat Nigeria.
More surprisingly, the promising attacker who won the Player of the match award in their 8-0 victory match against India couldn’t hold her tears during the post match interview after their loss to Nigeria.