Abuja - Two quick goals
by Chinaza Uchendu and Chinwendu Ihezuo saw the U-20 Women National Team, The
Falconets defeat their hosts, DR Congo 2-1 in a 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World
Cup qualifying match in Kinshasa on Sunday.
Uchendu, who also
scored for the Super Falcons at the 11th All-Africa Games in Brazzaville
earlier this month, shot the Falconets ahead after only six minutes, and it
took just another six minutes for Ihezuo to consolidate for the Falconets.
Nigeria is the
reigning vice champion of the world in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and the
Falconets took complete control of the game after those two goals, hoping to
add to the tally. However, the first half ended 2-0.
Also read: Falconets leave Kinshasa today
Ihezuo, top goal
scorer of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, and who was in the silver
–winning Falconets at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada, led the
charge upfront but poor finishing robbed Nigeria of more goals.
In the second
half, the Congolese, egged on by the home crowd, improved their game and scored
a consolation goal. Their search for the equalizer was thwarted by the
Falconets' defence -line.
The match in
Kinshasa was the first leg of the third round, qualifying fixture for the FIFA
U-20 Women’s World Cup scheduled for Papua New Guinea next year. The return leg
comes up at the National Stadium, Abuja on Saturday, October 10.
The winner of the
fixture will clash with the winner of the fixture between South Africa and
Zambia, for a place in Papua New Guinea. Zambia hosted the two teams' first leg
in Lusaka on Sunday.