Falconets secure first victory in Paupa New Guinea

It was a good way to come back from the 6-0 bashing from Japan on the team’s first game of the on going 2016 FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup.

The Falconets defeated Canada 3-1 in their second group game of the tournament taking place in Papua New Guinea.

Goals from Chinaza Uchendu, Joy Bokiri and Chiwendu Ihezuo helped Nigeria register thieir first points on board at the competition.

Canada started off the better side and deservedly took the lead through Gabrielle Carle in the 15th minute to rock Nigeria.

The Falconets got into the game as minutes kept counting in the game and after missing a few chances drew level from the spot after a Canadian defender was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. Chinaza Uchendu stepped up and dispatched the spot kick with aplomb to tie the scores.

Joy Bokiri benefited from a poor defensive clearance just 37 seconds into the second period slotting past Canadian goalkeeper Rylee Foster to put Nigeria in front for the first time in the game.

Chiwendu Ihezuo, who had a brilliant game then also benefited from yet another clanger by the Canadians, this time, a poor clearance by goalkeeper Foster to give Nigeria a 3-1 lead in the 73rd minute.

Nigeria held on for the win and will now meet group leaders Spain in the final group game. Spain lead the group with maximum points after two games after defeating Japan 1-0.


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