Nigeria’s hopes of reaching the 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup received a significant boost after winning 3-0 against Tanzania at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Saturday.
The Falconets will go into the return leg in Dar es Salaam with a three-goal advantage, as they attempt to qualify for their ninth World Cup since the inception of the biennial tournament in 2002.
All three goals came in the opening 57 minutes of the match in Benin City.
Lilian Tule handed Nigeria an important lead with a superb free kick as they stayed on cause for one of the two places up for grabs in the final tournament to be staged by France in 2018.
Rasheedat Ajibade made it 2-0 for Nigeria in the 52nd minute, before the FC Robo Queens youngster made it three-nil to cushion coach Christopher Danjuma’s side ahead of the return game on September 30.
Nigeria finished as runners–up at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in 2010 and 2014, and also reached the quarter finals in 2004, 2006 and 2008, and the semi finals in 2012. The 9th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup will be staged in four cities in France, 7th – 26th August 2018.
The second leg will take place in Dar es Salaam on 30th September, with the winner on aggregate to tackle the winner of the Morocco/Senegal in the second round coming up in November.
How The Falconets Lined Up
Onyinyechukwu Okeke, Sunday Opeyemi, Lilian Tule, Glory Ogbonna, Oluwakemi Fumiditi (c), Ijamilusi Folashade, Peace Efih (Amerat Adebisi 76′), Bashirat Amoo (Mary Ologbosere 86′), Rasheedat Ajibade, Anam Imo (Reuben Charity 48′), Chinyere Igbomalu
Subs Not Used: Chiamaka Nnadozie
Duru Joy, Dooshima Tarnum, Margaret Etim