We fought hard to defeat 'tough' Morocco, says Falconets' Danjuma

Olumide Ogunfeyitimi
The Falconets subdued the north Africans to progress, and the gaffer is glad his girls overcame the visitors in Benin City

Nigeria's U20 women coach Christopher Danjuma admits his side had to dig deep in the second half of the encounter to crush Morocco 5-1 in Benin City.

Rasheedat Ajibade and substitute Charity Reuben struck twice, with Monday Gift's effort ensuring the Falconets secured a 6-2 aggregate win over the north Africans.

And the gaffer, who was impressed by his side's second-half showing, expressed delight at their spirited display and determination plus the great fans support.

"It was a great victorious outing for us and delighted to see how the girls fought hard to defeat Morocco in Benin," Danjuma told Goal.

"We could not win in Sale due to many factors that conspired against our plans but we had the determination and good plan to beat the Moroccans. They were really a tough team.

"We knew they [Morocco] will give us a difficult game and come with intentions to get a draw here but we had great hope winning with the great support from fans in Benin.

"I must admit they really tried to scare us but we came out strong and attacked them early to get those two goals in the first half.

"Even when they equalised through our goalkeeper's mistake before the half time, we came back in the second half with more desire to attack and got more goals to win."

He vowed to work on the team's finishing ahead of their meeting with South Africa in January to ensure they qualify for U20 Women's World Cup in France.

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"Honestly, we had no worries playing in the rain. We were used to it because we've played many times under the rain. We also did to defeat Fortress Ladies 7-0 in a friendly game on Tuesday," he continued.

"We have a lot of talented players in the team but our major problem is finishing but overall, I'm impressed with the way the players gave their all to win.

"Now that we reached the final round, we will focus on working on our finishing because we are still building the team and hope we turn out well against South Africa."