Nigeria’s U-20 women’s national team the Falconets on Saturday defeated South Africa’s Basetsana 6-0 to qualify for the France 2018 U-20 Women’s World Cup.
The Falconets thus defeated their South African counterpart 8-0 on aggregate in the final qualifiers, having won the first led 2-0 in Polokwane a fortnight ago.
Goals from Monday Gift, Rasheedat Ajibade, Imo Mary and Ucheibe Onyenaturuchi were enough for the Nigerian side to seal the victory at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.
Monday opened scoring for the Falconets after seven minutes with an assist from Rashedaat Ajibade.
Ajibade then turned scorer in the 21st minute. Five minutes later Anam Imo made it 3-0 off a rebound, before Ajibade got her brace in the 32nd minute.
Monday then got her own brace on 39 minutes.
However, Monday was sent off three minutes from time after a second booking for a poor tackle.
The coach of the Falconets, Christopher Danjuma, expressed satisfaction with the performance of his team.
He stated, “Having beaten a team (South Africa) by two goals (in Polokwane) nobody wanted to bow down in a World Cup qualifier. The statements they (South Africa) kept making helped us a lot. Rather than making us to rest on our laurels, they made us to work even harder.”
Basetsana, Maud Khumalo, congratulated the Falconets, who she said had the home advantage and experience.
Khumalo said, “I would like to say congratulations to Nigeria. Well, it is never easy to play a game away, especially playing with people who have experience. I guess, at first, we lost concentration and we did not stick to our game plan. Experience is a factor here but we were positive that we needed to score goals; as coach, you need to stay positive.
“We gave our best and I am proud of my girls; they fought until the end. But it was unfortunate that the experienced team was the one that won at the end of the day.”
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