Goalkeeper makes INCREDIBLE howler in 11-0 thrashing

  • Niger have never qualified for the U17 Women’s World Cup in their history
  • The tournament proper is set to take place in Dominican Republic later this year 
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Niger women’s Under-17 World Cup qualifying bid took a bit of a hit after losing 11-0 to Morocco in their second-round clash earlier in February – but one goal in particular caught the eye. 

While Niger had initially held out for 18 minutes, the Moroccans broke both the deadlock and the floodgates before then putting a further 10 goals past the side that has never reached the tournament proper. 

The U-17 Women’s World Cup is set to be held in the Dominican Republic later this year, with Niger and Morocco meeting in the African qualification pools. 

Three teams from the CAF will make it to the tournament proper, with Morocco themselves having only once before reached the competition, falling out at the group stage last time round in India two years ago.

However, they will surely feel confident of their chances this time around after hitting Niger for 11 – with one of those coming after a truly shocking error. 

The Niger goalkeeper put the ball down after catching a cross as if to take a goal kick
She then made her way back to the ball, turning her back on the now on-rushing Moroccan attackers
While the rest of the Niger team raced to get back the Moroccan forward tapped home into a virtually empty net for her side’s sixth of the game

The goalkeeper came out to collect the ball as it was crossed in, before taking it in to the ground to run down the clock, despite Niger being 5-0 down already at this point. 

The stopper then indicated for another player to come over and take the ball, before placing it down inside the six-yard box. 

Perhaps she thought it was a goal kick rather than simply regained possession, but after turning her back to walk away from the ball – with her team-mate still on the way over – Morocco pounced. 

A forward player quickly took her opportunity to tap home into an open net, scoring her side’s sixth goal inside the half. 

However, rather than wheel off in celebration, the Moroccan goalscorer simply ran back to the centre-circle in anticipation of kick-off – perhaps realising that it was more down to the Niger goalkeeper’s error than her own skill. 

Fans quickly reacted to a clip of the goal on social media, with one writing: ‘What on earth was the keeper doing?’

Another wrote: ‘What is this,’ followed by a number of laughing emojis. 

A third asked: ‘Keeper doesn’t know the rules?’ 

The Moroccan player hardly celebrated before returning to the centre circle for kick-off

While another simply couldn’t believe what they were seeing, asking: ‘For real?’ 

The fifth was not the only mistake from the goalkeeper, though, with the fifth also seeing a shocking error, the ball flying clean through the gloves as she came to claim a cross, leaving an attacker to tap home on the goal line. 

The onslaught continued in the second half, with some poor defending from Niger being repeatedly punished by Morocco, who put another five past their opponents before full-time. 

The winner of Niger’s two-legged tie with Morocco will face the team that comes out on top between Benin and Algeria in the third round of qualifying.  

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