BEVERLY HILLS, January 28, (THEWILL) – Nigeria’s U-20 female team, the Falconets, on Saturday in Benin, the Edo state capital, qualified for the U-20 Female World Cup in France after a six-goal victory over Basetsana, their South African counterparts.
The Falconets, who won 2-0 in the first leg a fortnight ago in South Africa, qualified on an eight-goal aggregate.
The return leg played at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin saw the Nigerian team scoring five goals in the first half of the game.
The Besetsana were hardly a match for their Nigerian opponents who clearly dominated proceedings right from the blast of the whistle.
The Nigerian goal keeper, who was virtually on holiday, only had a feel of the ball twice all through the first half of the match.
A brace each by Monday Gift (5th and 39th minute), Ajibade Rasheedat (21st and 32nd minute) and Imo Anam (26th and 73rd minute) ensured Falconets’ comfortable win in Benin.
The South Africans became more aggressive and even came close to scoring in the early minutes of the second half but were denied the opportunity by the Nigerian keeper, Annadozie Chiamaka.
Nigeria’s Monday Gift got a red card and also sustained an injury at the same time following a goal-mouth scramble in South Africa’s vital area.
The Falconets had also defeated the Tanzanian and Moroccan teams in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the ninth edition, which will hold from August 5-24 in France.