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‘We fought until the end’ - Nigeria’s heroine Nnadozie savours Haiti’s win

21:59 EAT 10/08/2018
Chiamaka Nnadozie - Falconets 2018
The Falconets goalkeeper is proud after her stellar performance inspired her side to it first win against the debutants in France.

Nigeria U20 women’s goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie says her side fought hard to earn their 1-0 victory over Haiti in Thursday's U20 Women’s World Cup encounter at the Stade de Marville.

After a 1-0 loss to Germany on Monday, the Falconets dropped to the bottom of the Group D and anticipated a win to revive their qualification to the quarter-final against the debutants.

Rasheedat Ajibade’s 36th-minute strike from the spot ensured Christopher Danjuma’s ladies overcame the Caribbean side to go second on the group standing in Saint Malo.

And Nnadozie, whose outstanding performance saw her named the Player of the Match, expressed joy over the win and is upbeat about her side’s chance of subduing China to advance.

"It was a very tough game and they were strong, but we're strong as well,” Nnadozie told Fifa.com.

“We played according to our coaches’ instructions and we did all we could. We fought until the end, were able to withstand the pressure and at the end of the match we won. I'm so happy.

"After the match everybody came to me and they were very, very happy. It was so great. They came to me, hugged me and told me how well I did. They encouraged me.

"We have the same amount of points as China, so it's going to be a tough match. It's the final match in the group stage, so we have to try our best and give everything we have. This is the final fight."

Nigeria are second on the Group D standings with three points after two games and must avoid defeat against third-placed Asian giants in Dinan-Lehon on Monday, August 13.