Nigeria’s women under-20 team, the Falconets, on Sunday edged closer to qualifying for the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women World Cup as they defeated DR Congo 2-1 away in the Africa first leg, second round qualifiers.
The bright start by the Falconets in Kinshasa saw them get two quick goals in the first half. Chinaza Uchendu got the opener in the sixth minute and Chiwendu Ihezou doubled the lead in the 12th minute which gave Nigeria a comfortable lead as the Falconets took control of the game.
DR Congo did fight back and they were able to pull a goal back just before half time.
Hopes for a more explosive second half were by no means met as the second period failed to produce any goals all through.
The away win has further pushed Nigeria closer to qualifying for next year’s Wold Cup.
The Falconets were ruthless in the earlier round of the qualifiers when they eliminated Liberia 14-1 and they will look to complete the job against DR Congo in the return leg in Nigeria.
The Falconets were silver medallists at the last edition in Canada in 2014 and they will hope they can make it to the 2016 event to be hosted by Papua New Guinea.
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