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The Falconets were beaten in a warm-up game on Tuesday by their Ghanaian hosts in Accra, the capital city

Nigeria’s Under-20 women's team, the Falconets lost to the Ghanaian U-20 women's team 3-2 on Tuesday in the first of two tune-up matches for the Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Japan in August.

The match played at the Accra Sports Stadium saw Ghana’s Black Princesses, who are Africa’s second representatives at the World Cup get one over their bitter rivals.

The Ghanaians were the better side throughout the encounter and were two goals to the good in the first half.

The two goals were scored by Florence Dadson, a striker from Robert Morris University; Dadson opened scoring in the seventh minute and added the second on the stroke of half time.

The Falconets who are hoping to go one better than the silver position they achieved in Germany in 2009 responded through Esther Sunday to reduce the score line shortly after the resumption of the second half.

Before the goal, the attacking trident of Desire Oparanozie, Ebere Orji and Esther Sunday had been kept at bay by a Ghanaian defence marshalled by Rosemary Ampem.

The Falconets resumed the second half strongly and within a minute, Sunday reduced the deficit when she capitalized on a blunder by the Ghanaian rear.

But Ghana increased the lead in the 72nd minute through Elizabeth Addo, whose spectacular volley beat the Nigerian goalkeeper Aluko Bidemi.

But some respectability was restored in the 76th minute when Oparanozie scored to make it 3-2. That was the end of the scoring but the two teams will meet again on Thursday at the same venue.