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I want to surpass my previous World Cup outing, says Rasheedat Ajibade

3:16 PM GMT 04/08/2018
Rasheedat Ajibade
The Falconets star is making her fourth outing at the World Cup in France and she is eager to prove her worth at this year's tournament

Rasheedat Ajibade is dreaming of surpassing her previous best at the youth level when she turns out for Nigeria at the U20 Women's World Cup, starting on August 5 in France.

The FC Robo captain is making her second appearance at the U20 level this year after inspiring the West Africans' qualification, scoring in every match to finish as joint-topscorer on 10 goals.

After her impressive showing, the 18-year-old was promoted to the senior team, starring at the 2018 WAFU Cup tournament, in Abidjan where she netted a hat-trick against Senegal as the Super Falcons claimed bronze.

And the talented forward, who failed to impress at the 2016 edition has put behind her side's dismal outing in Papua New Guinea and is vowing to put up a better showing this time.

“The last FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea was a great personal experience for me," Ajibade told CAF website.

"We were edged out of the group stage on goal difference despite finishing on same points with Japan and Spain. I’m very hopeful France 2018 would be a greater and better experience.

"It’s the same competition and the same platform for me. I just have to put up my best performance this time since I won’t have another opportunity to play at the U-20 level again.

“It is true that I have been consistent in terms of performance; the most important thing is ensuring that I do better than my previous outings."

On her goal targets in France, Ajibade believes she can replicate her superb goalscoring form during the African qualifiers as she is aiming to net more than 10-goal at the World Cup.

“I think it (France 2018) is going to be a great tournament especially if I could apply at least 70 percent of what I have been taught by the coaching crew," she continued.

"We are well prepared for the task; I want to do the best because I consider every opportunity to play for my country a dream come true.

“I think I can replicate my goalscoring form in France. Though the African qualifiers are different from the World Cup, trust me to score when I get the opportunity and I’ll surely do my best.

“Scoring goals is divine because you can play well and not get the goals. At the same time, you might not even play well but the goals could come; I’m therefore praying for the best this time."