Late draw earns Super Falconets quarter-final spot

Ruben Hill
Августа 14, 2018

A highly -motivated Nigeria U-20 team is exuding the confidence of earning a place in the 9th Federation Internationale de Football Association U20 Women's World Cup quarter-finals ahead of a potentially -explosive encounter with China in Dinan/Léhon on Monday.

China right-back Jiaxing Dou, challenged by Nigeria's Rasheedat Ajibade, struck into her own net in the last minute of the Group D game to give the Super Falconets the point they needed to qualify.

"It is going to be a very busy encounter from the first blast of the whistle".

"After the 1-1 draw against China that ensured that the Falconets reached the quarter-finals, I believe this will boost them and raise the confidence in going further in the championship".

"We have no illusions".

"As a country, we have identified our areas of strength and comparative advantage of which women's football is one of them and we will need to invest more in it".

Nigeria's hope for goals rests on Rasheedat Ajibade, who scored the country's victor against Haiti from the spot in the last game.

In other quarter-finals pairings, hosts France battle champions North Korea, England play Netherlands, while Japan slug it out against Germany, who reached the last eight on maximum points. Supported by Anam Imo, Chidinma Okeke and Peace Efih, Ajibade is expected to lead the team to a sublime performance. Mengyu Shen had the first chance of the match on 25 minutes when she hit the Nigeria crossbar. This was a player who was down the pecking order during the African qualifying series when Onyinyechukwu Okeke held sway in goal.

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