Nigeria’s U-20 women team, Falconets keep their hopes of a qualification to the knockout stage of the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women World Cup in France alive after a 1-0 win over Haiti, yesterday. A 36th minute penalty from Rasheedat Ajibade was enough to earn Nigeria’s girl their first victory in Group D after lost their opening match to Germany 1-0 on Monday.
The victory moves Nigeria up to second spot on the log after two matches. Germany leads the group with six points. China are third, level on points with Nigeria, with Haiti bottom – still without a point.
The Falconets needed a win to keep their hopes of a qualification to the knockout stage alive and that they did when stand –in captain Rasheedat Ajibade netted from the penalty spot after Anam Imo was fouled in the box in the 36th minute of the encounter. Just before the end of the first period, Ajibade sent a brilliant pass to Anam Imo but the latter could not connect for a tap –in, and the half ended with the Falconets still one goal ahead.
The Haitians improved at the beginning of the second half but were contained by the Falconets who were hell bent on getting all three points at stake. Just as she did in the first match against Germany which the Falconets were unlucky to lose by the odd goal, goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie saved the blushes of the Falconets time and time again whenever they were caught napping at the back. The 2010 and 2014 silver medallists are now second on the Group D table with three points from two games and have China, losers against table –toppers Germany on Thursday, to confront in the final group game on Monday in Dinan/Léhon.
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