Nigeria’s U-20 women’s national team got their qualification for Uzbekistan on the right path with a 4-0 first leg demolition of Congo DR
Nigeria has one leg in this year’s FIFA U-20 Women World Cup with the 4-0 white-wash handed out by the Falconets on their Congolese opponents on Saturday in Abeokuta. It was the first leg, third round of the Africa qualifying series played at the MKO Abiola Stadium.
Two goals from team captain, Gloria Ofoegbu and a goal each from Ebere Orji and Francesca Ordega was enough to put the Falconets in commanding position going into the second leg for the qualification ticket of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.
Ofoegbu who played like a Trojan got the curtain raiser in the first half through a free kick and added the fourth in the second period after good combination play with striker, Desire Oparanpozie. Ordega and Orji both got the second and third respectively in the second half.
Falconets dominated every department of the match to the disappointment of the opponents who were a bit defensive in approach but could not curtail the onslaught from the home team.
After the match, Ofoegbu has dedicated one of her goals to African Football and Super Eagles legend, Rashidi Yekini who passed away on Friday, May 4.
"It is my second goal that l am dedicating to Yekini whom we watched while growing up. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace," said Ofoegbu.
Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun presented the sum of N500, 000 to the team in appreciation of their efforts. Governor Amosun was represented by the Honourable Commissioner of Sports, Gbenga Otenuga.
The second leg of the encounter will come up in a fortnight in Kinshasa, Congo DR.