By Colin Udoh:
Nigeria’s Under-20 women’s team, Falconets easily snatched a place at this year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup finals in Germany by lashing their South African counterparts 7-0 in Abuja on Sunday.
The result means the Nigerians qualify 12-3 on aggregate after a 5-3 win in the first leg a fortnight ago.
The game began at a furious pace under the afternoon sun with Ebere Orji scoring right from the kick–off, and then doubling the advantage few minutes later. This meant the Falconets were already looking forward to the finals in Germany so early in the game, having swept past the South Africans 5-3 at home in Pretoria two weeks ago.
Glory Iroka scored two goals either side of a strike by defender Gloria Ofoegbu, and in the second half, Ugochi Oparanozie scored before substitute Uchechi Sunday added another from the penalty spot.
In the four World Cup qualifying games against Zimbabwe and South Africa, the Falconets scored total of 22 goals, with Uchechi scoring six while Ebere Orji netted five times.
The Falconets will now be one of the participating teams at this year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup finals in Germany, taking place 13th July – 1 August.
New Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, Lars Lagerback was among the crowd that watched the Falconets triumph at the National Stadium, Abuja.
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