The Falconets wasted a lot of chances.
The Nigeria Women U20 team, the Falconets, in the early hours of Thursday started their campaign at the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup on a fairly bright note as they came from a goal down to settle for a 1-1 draw with Mexico.
The game, which was played at the Moncton Stadium in Canada, was quite entertaining as the Nigerians displayed their trademark speed and strength from the outset.
It was the Falconets that had the first go at goal when the Player of the Match; Asisat Oshoala, latched onto a long ball, but her clipped shot over the advancing goalkeeper narrowly cleared the crossbar.
However it was the Mexicans who opened scoring in the 23rd minute when Abiola Ibarra slotted home from 20 metres.
The Nigerian ladies from then on stepped up pressure against the El Tri and having been denied on a number of occasions by the Mexican goalkeeper, Cecilia Santiago, the Falconets finally got reprieve in the 42nd minute as Osarenoma Igbinovia made the most of a defensive error to expertly fire the ball from distance high into the corner of Santiago’s goal.
Coach Peter Dedevho’s side tried to add one more goal to get them maximum point but the final touch was the albatross of the Nigerian ladies who wasted chance after chance.
The result leaves Group C finely poised after England and Korea Republic played out a 1-1 draw earlier in the evening.
Nigeria will next square up against Korea Republic and a victory will do the country’s bid to progress to quarter finals a lot of good.