Nigeria's U-20 women team, Falconets, have qualified for the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association U-20 Women's World Cup after thrashing South Africa 6-0 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, on Saturday.
The return leg played at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin saw the Nigerian team scoring five goals in the first half of the game.
The Falconets thus defeated their South African counterpart 8-0 on aggregate in the final qualifiers, having won the first led 2-0 in Polokwane a fortnight ago.More news: Highlights: President Kovind addresses nation on Republic Day eve
The Falconets started the routing as early as the 7th minute through Monday Gift, who was assisted by Rasheedat Ajibade.
Ajibade got the Falconets second goal in the 21st minute as she rounded the South Africa keeper before slotting into the back of the net.
Imo got her brace in the 73rd minute to make it 6-0 for Nigeria but that was after two-goal heroine, Gift Monday, got her marching order after she was shown second yellow card in the match.More news: Watch the Conde Cavaliers bring Mardi Gras to special-needs students
Two goals each from Monday Gift Nyako, Ajibade Rasheedat Busayo, and a goal each from Anan Imo Mary and Ucheibe Christy Onuenaturuchi, were enough to send the South Africans out of the Women's World Cup.
On her part, the South African coach, Maud Khumalo expressed satisfaction with the performance of her players despite the loss. The statements they (South Africa) kept making helped us a lot.
South Africa nearly pulled a goal back in the 54th minute through Sibulele Holweni but she could not beat Falconets keeper Chiamaka Nnadozie despite going one on one. We will not rest on our oars. Experience is a factor here but we were positive that we needed to score goals; as coach, you need to stay positive. "But it was unfortunate that the experienced team was the one that won at the end of the day".More news: I would rather be a farmer than manage Arsenal or Barcelona: Pochettino