Nigeria’s U17 girls, Flamingos were mentioned in the same breath as a number of the country’s movers and shakers in politics, business and the economy on Tuesday, while being honoured for their FIFA World Cup bronze medal at the 14th edition of LEADERSHIP Annual Conference and Awards in Abuja.

The FIFA World Cup medal feat, achieved when outclassing Germany in the third-place match of the 2022 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in India in November, swung the pendulum in their favour as the Nomination and Selection Committee considered the Sportsperson of the Year 2022 category.

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NFF’s Director of Media and Communications, Ademola Olajire received the glittering plaque on behalf of the Flamingos at the Annual Conference and Awards staged at the Abuja International Conference Centre, and attended by the country’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, GCON.

There were also former Kenyan Prime Minister, His Excellency Raila Odinga, FCT Minister Muhammad Musa Bello and Chairman of Leadership Group, Mrs Zainab Nda-Isaiah.