Nigeria’s U-20 player Courtney Dike has set a new record for Nigeria and herself by scoring the fastest goal in the history of the FIFA U-20 women’s World Cup.
Nigeria defeated Korea Republic 2-1.
The first goal came in the 18th seconds through the efforts of Chinwendu Ihezuo and Asisat Oshoala before it was netted by Courtney Dike.
The crowd at the Moncton Stadium stood up in standing ovation for the Falconets while the Koreans were shocked at the goal.
Even Dike was surprised at the goal, describing it as “so quick”.
“Honestly it was so quick that I just remembered receiving the ball and just seeing the corner of the goal so I decided to shield it,” the player told journalist after the match.
She said the victory has inspired momentum for the next game against England after the tie in the group stage.
“If we play our next match as we played today, I am sure we will be successful. This goal is a booster to me and I will continue to work hard for my country,” Dike said.
Chinwendu Ihezuo, who also scored a goal in the game against Korea, said she was happy to have scored in her debut appearance as a member of the U-20 team.
“I am so happy to have continued with my goal scoring skills. While playing for U-17 women team in 2014, I was the highest goal scorer with eight goals. So still being able to score now is a thing of joy”.
Both players commended the contributions of their team mates.