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Falconets gain confidence after friendly win

31 July 2014, 20:30Israel Ojoko

Ottawa - The Nigeria U-20 women team the Falconets, continued their build up to the FIFA U-20 World Cup by coming from behind to defeat the U16 Codiac AAA boys of Moncton 4-3 in a pre-world cup friendly match played at Ricky Stone.

The match is the first the Falconets have played since their arrival in Canada last Sunday.

Two goals from Heritier Massimengo and Jonathan Kalulumia and an own goal from defender Ibrahim Mariam saw the U16 Codiac boys leading by 3-0 in the first half.

The second half witness a different ball game. Two minutes after resumption, the Falconets got a penalty that was converted by Oshoala Asisat to put the score at 3-1. The second and third goals also came through penalties that were converted by Halima Ayinde and U.S based Courtney Dike.

The decisive goal came through Dike to put the score at 4-3.

Head coach Peter Dedevbo said the girls were complacent in the first half of the game.

"It is a good match for the girls, it shows a sign of players that are ready for the world. The player from USA (Dike) performed beyond my expectations. I like the game as the young boys put the girls on their toes." Dedevbo stated.

The Falconets coach said the team has one more match with a yet to be named U-16 boys team, this he hinted will afford him the opportunity to ascertain how balanced the squad is.

Nigeria will play Mexico in their first match of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup on Wednesday 6th August.

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