Nigeria’s Falconets romped to a 5-1 victory over visiting Morocco in a 2018 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup qialifying match at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City on Saturday.
The success ensured that the Nigerians progressed to the next round on 6-2 aggregate to set up a meeting with South Africa.
The game had to be played under soggy conditions after a heavy rainfall which held up kickoff of the game.
But the Falconets were in buoyant mood as Rasheedat Ajibade and Charity Reuben helped themselves to goals each and Gift Monday also netted while Fatima Taghnaout’s goal for Morocco was mere consolation.
It took the Nigerians only five minutes into the contest to put their noses in front. Ajibade was on the end of Gift’s cross to tap in from close range after superb team work that also involved the impressive Anam Imo.
Ten minutes later Gift turned goalscorer after doing so well to shrug off the challenge of her marker to put the ball beyond Morocco goalkeeper Houda Benazid.
The North Africans gave themselves a lifeline 10 minutes before the break when Taghnaout’s free kick beat Nigeria goalkeeper Onyinyechukwu Okeke as they finished the first 45 minutes with their tails up.
Whatever kind of resistance that the Moroccans attempted to pose to their hosts was thwarted 32 minutes into the second period when Reuben expertly chipped the ball over a Moroccan marker and followed up with a brilliant finish to restore Nigeria’s two-goal lead.
Right at the death, Nigeria were rampant as they scored twice in three minutes to put daylight between themselves and their opponents. First Ajibade glide past Morocco’s defence to score and Reuben put gloss on the scoreline by finishing off a sweeping counterattacking move.
The Falconets will face their South African counterparts who defeated Burundi 5-2 on aggregate over two legs. The South Africans will play hosts to the first leg of the final round of the Under-20 Women’s World Cup qualification for Africa on 13 January, 2018.
Nigeria: Onyinyechukwu Okeke; Opeyemi Sunday, Christy Ucheibe, Kemi Famuditi (c), Glory Ogbonna, Joy Duru, Florence Ijamulusi, Bashirat Amoo, Rasheedat Ajibade, Gift Monday, Anam Imo
Morocco: Houda Benazid; Zineb Redonani, Essaadia El Baroah, Soumia Hady, Nouhaila Ben Zina (c), Chaimae Drissi, Noura Oualli, Fadoua Salbi, Sanaa Mssoudy, Nouhaila Sedki, Fatima Taghnaout
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