Nigeria's Under-20 women football team

Nigeria’s Under-20 women football team, the Falconets beat their Liberian counterparts 7-0 on Saturday in Abuja to progress to the next round of the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers.

The Falconets qualified on a 14-1 aggregate after winning the first leg tie 7-1 a fortnight ago in Monrovia. Uchendu Chinaza opened what would later prove to be floodgates of goals in the 23rd minute before Ojinma Amarachi added the second goal two minutes later.

Amina Yakubu scored the third goal from the spot (penalty kick) in the 36th minute, while team captain, Yetunde Adeboyejo, scored the fourth goal in the 38th minute.

Joy Bokiri made it 5-0 in the 71st minute of the game while Yakubu completed her brace and Nigeria’s sixth goals in the 74th minute. Joy Bokiri also bagged her brace when she scored the seventh goal in the 84th minute to complete the routing of the Liberians.

Despite handing his opponents heavy defeat, Falconets’ Chief Coach, Peter Dedevbo, said the emphasis of his team was not goal-scoring but on team play.

“Our emphasis was not to score goals but to see how my team can play together, and we thank God that the goals came. I am happy at their performance,” he said.

His Liberian counterpart, Christopher Wreh, however, attributed his team’s humiliating defeat to lack of support from the government.

By Olisemeka Obeche


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