Rasheedat Ajibade
Nigeria’s
women U20 national team, the Falconets are one step closer to
qualifying for the World Cup in France after a 2-0 win over the
Basetsana in Polokwane on Saturday.

It
was a brilliant performance from the Nigerian girls as their hosts
could find no answer to the fire power of the Chris Danjuma’s
maidens.

Usual
suspect Rasheedat Ajibade, the Falconets’ top scorer in this
qualifying series, showed shrewdness and great ball sense in beating
the home team’s goalkeeper for Nigeria’s first goal on the half
–hour, and Anam Imo increased the tally for the two –time World
Cup silver medallists six minutes later.

The
Basetsana tried to find a way back into the game in the second
period, only to meet an impregnable wall at the Nigerian rear.
Goalkeeper Cynthia Nnadozie was well –protected by Sunday Opeyemi,
Christy Ucheibe, Mary Ologbosere and Kemi Famuditi.

Glory
Ogbonna, Bashirat Amoo, Grace Igboamalu, Imo, Ajibade and Folashade
Ijamilusi all impressed at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Showing
impressive dexterity and guile (which had seen them past Tanzania and
Morocco earlier in the series), Coach Danjuma’s ladies threw
everything at the home girls right from kick off, and will retain
confidence of picking a ticket to the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup
France 2018 after the concluding encounter in Benin City in a
forthnight.

The
return is scheduled for the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City on
Saturday, 27th January 2018.

The
9th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals will hold in France 7th –
26th August 2018.

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