Nigeria’s women U-20 team, the Falconets qualified for the FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup in France later this year in blistering fashion as they humiliated the Basetsana of South Africa 6-0 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Edo State on, Saturday can report.
The Coach Danjuma-led girlls went into the match with a 2-0 advantage after defeating their opponent’s in the first leg a fortnight ago in South Africa.
The Falconets wasted no time as they took the lead in the 7th minute, courtesy of Monday Gift who finished off after been set up by the ever impressive Rashidat Ajibade.
Monday almost doubled the Falconets’ lead in the 14th minute with a well placed lob header into the top corner, but was denied by the crossbar.
With twenty minutes gone, Rasheedat Ajibade got her name on the score sheet when she rounded off goalkeeper Mpuru.
Anam Imo made it three in the 26th minute, tapping home from after Ijamilusi’s effort had initially hit the woodwork.
Rashidat Ajibade got her second of the game and third of the tie in the 32nd minute, with Monday gifts also getting a brace too with six minutes to the break to hand the falconets a massive 5-0 half time lead.
The second half slowed down a bit with Nigeria home and dry, however the only sad moment for the Nigerian ladies came in the 71st minute when Monday Gift was shown a second yellow card and then a Red after a challenge on a South African player.
The Nigerian ladies did however have the last laugh when Anam Imo got her own brace in the 73 minute to hand Nigeria a 6-0 scoreline.
The 8-0 aggregate win means the Christopher Danjuma- led girls will now fly the continent’s flag in France, becoming one of only three countries to have qualified for every edition of the World Cup, with USA and Germany the other two nations.