Rasheedat Ajibade against Spain
An
unlucky Falconets team bowed out of the on going FIFA Women U-20 World Cup on Sunday
morning in spite of the fact that they won two out of three games.
The
Falcon beat Spain 2-1 on Sunday morning finishing the group with six points out
of a possible nine but got edged out on goals difference after losing their
first game 6-1 against Japan.
Sunday
morning was certainly their best performance of the tournament, but it happened
that they left it too late and couldn’t go past the group stage of the World
Cup.
They
needed to win and for Japan not to win in the other Group B match, but the
Asians steamrolled their Canadian opponents 5-0 just across the city in Port
Moresby, meaning the Nigerian girls would be heading home instead of heading
into the quarter finals after wins over Canada and Spain.
Spain,
who walloped Canada 5-0 before defeating Japan 1-0, were ahead after only six
minutes when Alba Redondo slotted past goalkeeper Onyinye Okeke as the European
vice champions swept into Nigeria’s vital area.
However,
Nigeria drew level six minutes later, Ihuoma Onyebuchi cashing in on an
opportunity in a goalmouth scramble from a corner kick.
In
the second half, substitute Yetunde Adeboyejo should have scored when put
through on goal by the intelligent Rasheedat Ajibade, but she failed to measure
her angle well.
Stand
–in captain Chiwendu Ihezuo raced onto another intelligent Ajibade pass and
past two defenders to score the winner in the 72nd minute.
Substitute
Aminat Yakubu should have scored a third goal for Nigeria, but failed with only
the goalkeeper to beat, as the Nigerians made life difficult for the Spaniards
with long balls.
Six
minutes to the end, Nigerian defender Glory Ogbonna was sent off after a second
bookable offence.
Although
they finished with six points, same as Japan, Nigeria had a deficit of three
goals while the Japanese had 10 goals to their advantage.
In
the end, the Falconets would look back at their opening match against the
Japanese (in which they performed poorly and lost 0-6) and wish they had played
the Asians the way they played the Canadians and the Spaniards.

Nigerian
forward Ihezuo was selected as Live Your Goals Player of the Match.

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