Nigeria extended their record of qualifying for every edition of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup on Sunday after hammering South Africa 6-0 at the Sam Ogbemudia Stadium to book a slot in this year’s event.
The Falconets have gone through on an 8-0 aggregate score line, having beat Basetsana 2-0 in the first leg played away from home a fortnight ago. This is as Rasheedat Ajibade caught up with Ghana’s Priscilla Adubea who is the leading scorer in the African U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament with 10 goals.
Gift Monday started the party for Nigeria after five minutes following a pass from Rasheedat Ajibade before the latter turned into the scorer in the 21st minute with a clinical finish.
Five minutes later, the Falconets were 3-0 up through Anam Imo who bumped into a rebound to smash the ball into the net. More goals followed thereafter as Ajibade, Gift Monday and Anam Imo each sealed a brace in the 32nd, 39th and 73rd minute respectively to cap off the convincing 6-0 win.
Nigeria will however miss goal scorer Gift Monday for the first few matches after the player was shown a red card three minutes from time for a second bookable offence.
The 2018 FIFA U20 World Cup will be Falconets’ ninth straight appearance in the tournament making them the only African side to do so since its inception as an U19 competition in Canada 16 years ago. Globally, only Germany and United States have achieved that feat.
The 2018 FIFA U20 World Cup will be played in France between August 5-24, 2018