Abuja - Nigeria’s U-20 girls, The Falconets fought hard and with
discipline, and earned a ticket to the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup on
Sunday when beating South Africa 1-0 in Johannesburg.
The fixture was delicately poised after the Basetsana got a
penalty in added time that they scored in the first leg in Nigeria, reducing
the Falconets win to 2-1.
However, Falconets Coach, Peter Dedevbo’s game plan worked as he
sent out an attacking side at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa – venue of the
Super Falcons’ triumph in the African Women Championship in 2004.
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Nigeria dominated the early exchanges and it was no surprise when
striker Chinwendu Ihezuo (top scorer at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in
Azerbaijan) scored from a pull –out by defender Mary Ologbosere in the 16th
minute to increase the Falconets’ aggregate advantage.
South Africa continued to fight but the Falconets held on till the
end, and will be one of Africa’s two flag bearers at next year’s FIFA U-20
Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.
At the end, Coach Dedevbo said: “Our ability on the African
continent has never been in doubt. We had a gameplan and stuck to it till the
“Our objective now should be to start preparing towards winning
the World Cup next year.”