Abeokuta - Nigeria's U-20 Women National Team, the Falconets, on Sunday defeated Korea Republic 2-0 to start its World Cup campaign.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Media Officer, Ejiro Femi-Babafemi, made available to the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta.
It said that the two goals in both halves from Ngozi Okobi and Desire Oparanozie secured the maximum three points for Nigeria which is in group B of the on-going FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan.
Okobi scored the first goal in the 15th minute while striker, Oparanozie headed in the second in the 67th minute to the delight of fans.
The release quoted Chief Coach, Edwin Okon as expressing delight with the outcome even though he said it was anticipated.
It also quoted him as predicting that "victory would certainly go in our direction and that this had come to pass."
The statement said that Korean coach, Jong Songchon, blamed the loss on injuries suffered by his players before and during the game.
"Many of our players are injured. For instance, Yeo Minji who is one of our key players was brought out in the 34th minute.
"However, I must still congratulate the Nigeria girls for taking their opportunities, but if we meet again, it will be
a new strategy."
Nigeria's next match is against Brazil on August 22. Brazil played a 1-1 draw with Italy on Wednesday.