Nigeria’s U-20 women’s team Falconets defeated South Africa’s Basetsana girls 2-0 in Polokwane on Saturday in the first leg of their final qualifiers for the France 2018 U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Chris Danjuma’s side grabbed a well-deserved lead through impressive striker Rasheedat Ajibade on the half-hour mark, and before Anam Imo sealed a convincing win, tapping in the second goal six minutes later.
The Basetsana, backed by their home crowd, tried to find a way back into the game in the second period, but the Nigerians held on. Goalkeeper Cynthia Nnadozie was well-protected by Sunday Opeyemi, Christy Ucheibe, Mary Ologbosere and Kemi Famuditi.
Glory Ogbonna, Bashirat Amoo, Grace Igboamalu, Imo, Ajibade and Folashade Ijamilusi all impressed at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Showing impressive dexterity and guile (which had seen them past Tanzania and Morocco earlier in the series), Danjuma’s ladies threw everything at the home girls right from kick off, and will retain confidence of picking a ticket to the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 after the return game, scheduled for the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, on January 27.
The 9th U-20 Women’s World Cup is scheduled for France from August 7 to 26.
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