Canada 2014: Nigeria’s Falconets defeat Korea Republic

Nigeria’s female U-20 team, the Falconets, secured their first victory at the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada on Saturday night as they defeated Korea Republic 2-1 to go top in Group C.

The Nigerian ladies, who could only manage a 1-1 draw in their first game against Mexico last Wednesday, got the brightest of starts against the Koreans as U.S.-based Courtney Dike scored the fastest goal in Women’s World Cup history after she took advantage of Korea Republic’s lacklustre defending.

Dike, who was starting her first match of the tournament after coming on as substitute in the opener against Mexico, set the tone for the Super Falconets.

It was Chinwendu Ihezuo that got the second goal for Nigeria when she connected perfectly with Ugo Njoku who crossed the ball from the right wing and Ihezuo controlled the ball before unleashing a strong shot past Korea keeper, Minyeong.

With the win, the Falconets now have four points from two games and are top on the standings in Group C as England and Mexico had shared the spoils earlier in the day in a 1-1 draw.

Nigeria will next play against England and need just a draw to secure passage to the quarter finals of the tournament.

Nigeria’s Halimatu Ayinde was voted the player of the match.


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