Falconets Fly Past Basetsana to Land in France

Falconets celebrate after beating South Africa. NFF Photo

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Nigeria’s U-20 female team, the Falconets, has qualified for the Female World Cup in France after a six-goal victory over their South African counterparts, Basetsana, in Benin today.

The Falconets, who had won 2-0 in the first leg a fortnight ago in South Africa, qualified on an eight-goal  aggregate.

The return leg played at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, in Benin, saw the Nigerian  team scoring five goals in the first half of the game.

The Basetsana were hardly a match for their Nigerian opponents who clearly dominated proceedings right from the blast of the whistle.

The Nigerian goal keeper, who was virtually on holiday, only had a feel of the ball twice all through the first half of the match.

A brace each by Monday Gift (5th and 39th minute), Ajibade Rasheedat (21st and 32nd minute) and Imo Anam (26th and 73rd minute)  ensured Falconets’ comfortable win in Benin.

The South Africans became more aggressive and even came close to scoring in the early minutes of the second half, but they were denied the opportunity by the Nigerian  keeper, Annadozie Chiamaka.

Nigeria’s Monday Gift got a red card and also sustained an injury at the same time following a goal-mouth scramble in South Africa’s vital area.

The Falconets had defeated the Tanzanian and Moroccan teams towards qualifying for the World Cup.

The 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the ninth edition, would hold between August 5 and August 24, in France.