Nigeria’s U20 ladies, Falconets set a World Cup group stage excellent report for themselves after beating Canada 3-1 in Alajuela on Thursday morning to complete with an ideal 9 factors out of 9 in Group C.
Head Coach, Chris Danjuma Musa stated earlier than the encounter that his ladies would search to win at the same time as a quarter-final ticket was already within the bag, with the intention to maintain their profitable mentality following hard-fought victories over France and Korea Republic. That was precisely what the Falconets did.
Africa’s greatest group conceded their first objective of the competitors in an unintended method, following goalkeeper Omini Oyono’s poor administration of a backpass from Jumoke Alani that granted Kala Novak a fortuitous objective in lower than two minutes.
“It was nice for us to return again from that setback, and likewise conceding first within the event. We confirmed character and spirit, and that may be enormous for us going ahead within the competitors,” Musa stated after the match.
Midfield impresario Esther Onyenezide, whose vicious curling shot earned all three factors towards Korea Republic late on, to ship the Falconets into the final eight on Monday morning, scored from the penalty spot within the 24th minute to tug the Falconets stage. Defender Mia Pante had dealt with the ball from a Blessing Okpe shot within the field.
The Falconets regarded composed and surefooted within the center with the return of Deborah Abiodun, who sat out the encounter with the Koreans, and Chiamaka Okwuchukwu additionally performed an impressed recreation after beginning for the primary time within the event. Her agency header from a Blessing Okpe cross within the 15th minute missed narrowly.
Onyenezide shot Nigeria forward, additionally from the spot, within the 32nd minute minute, after Simi Awujo’s harmful play towards Mercy Idoko, because the latter went for a header from Rofiat Imuran’s inswinger, was penalized.
Within the added time of first interval, Idoko got here near scoring her first objective of the event, however her contact from one other Imuran inswinger kissed the upright.
Within the second half, the Falconets added tempo and good use of house to their recreation, and it was no shock when Imuran, once more with a visionary cross, arrange substitute Chioma Olise for Nigeria’s third objective.
Their imperial marketing campaign within the group stage earns the Falconets a quarter-final date with The Netherlands in Alajuela as from 1am on Monday (Nigeria time).