Columbia U-17 star, Juana Ortegon, is looking to have great fun when she and her teammates filed out against Nigeria Women’s U-17 team, Flamingos on Wednesday at the ongoing FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup in India.
The South Americans will be playing against Nigeria for the third time in the tournament history after defeats against the Flamingos in 2012, and 2014.
Despite her country’s poor record against their semifinal opponents at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Wednesday, Juana Ortegon just wants to make her nation happy by having fun against Flamingos.
The 16-year-old midfielder who was part of the Columbia U-20 team to the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup in Costa Rica, however, understands the pressure and responsibility of representing her country, but she just wants to enjoy her football.
“There is pressure to some extent because playing for your country brings with it even more responsibility,” she said.
“But when you’re playing matches, you’re having fun because you know that you’re making your people happy.”
Nigeria U-17 v Columbia U-17 Head-to-Head
2012- Nigeria U-17 3-0 Colmubia U-17
2014- Nigeria U-17 2-1 Columbia U-17
Nigeria Road to semis
Germany 2-1 Nigeria
Nigeria 4-0 New Zealand
Nigeria 2-1 Chile
Nigeria 1-1 (4-3) the USA
Colombia Road to semis
Spain 1-0 Colombia
Colombia 2-0 China
Colombia 2-1 Mexico
Colombia 3-0 Tanzania
Competition: FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, India 2022
Match: Colombia vs. Nigeria
Date: October 26th, 2022
Venue: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
Kickoff time: 12 pm Nigeria time