South Africa’s u17 national team crashed out of the FIFA World Cup scheduled for Jordan when they lost 1-0 to visiting Nigeria for a massive 7-0 aggregate score.
South Africa needed to score seven goals at Makhulong Stadium to go through to the World Cup without a reply from the visitors; but Ajibade’s 28th minute goal put paid to any hopes of the hosts pulling off a surprise turn-around.
Having lost 6-0 in the first leg in Abuja, it was always going to be a difficult task for the home team to reverse that mammoth scoreline and when they failed to get that early opening goal, frustration began to take its toll on the Bantwana and when the tall Ajibade netted the only goal of the afternoon, the writing was on the wall.
Africa has three slots at the u17 Women’s World Cup and South Africa was hoping to snatch one of the spots.
Maude Khumalo’s charges tried hard in the second half to go out with pride but a resolute Nigeria defence snuffed out any chances the locals had of scoring a consolation goal.