Nigeria’s national under-20 women football team, the Falconets, kicked off its 2016 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers with a 7-1 thrashing of their Liberian opponent on Sunday.

The first leg tie which took place at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia, despite Ebola Virus fears in the country, saw Yetunde Adeboyejo scoring a hat-trick, with Amarachi Ojinma netting a brace while Chinwendu Ihezuo and Juliet Sunday completed the routing.

Sensational Adeboyejo had kicked off the goal-flood in the 15th minute, before Chinwendu Ihezuo added a second on the half hour mark.

Adeboyejo netted her second and Nigeria’s third in the 36th minute before Liberia pulled one back four minutes later (40 minutes) to end the first half 3-1.

Adeboyejo, however, completed her hat-trick early in the second half, before Juliet Sunday netted the fifth goal in the 70th minute. Amarachi Ojinma,however, put the icing on the cake with two late goals in the 78th and 87th minutes to make it 7-1 for the Falconets and ensured the second leg which comes up in a fortnight in Nigeria would be a mere formality.

By Olisemeka Obeche


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