FIFA U20 WWCQ: Falconets walking tight rope after slim win

Falconets Coach

The Nigeria U20 women’s team, the Falconets are in a dicey situation in their quest for qualification for the 2016 Papua New Guinea Women’s u20 World Cup as they could only manage a slim 2-1 win over the South African u20 Women’s National Team, Basetsana.

Though Basetsana went down 2-1 to the Falconets of Nigeria on Saturday, 24 October 2015 at the National Stadium Abuja in Nigeria but they will be proud of the vital away goal scored in the first leg clash.

After initially finding it tough to break through the visitors’ defence despite having most of the possession, Chinwendu Ihezuo finally broke the deadlock in the 30th minute to give the Falconets a deserved lead.

Nigeria could have increased their lead a short while later only for Uchenna Grace Kanu’s shot to hit the upright, roll across the goal line and bounce back into play, falling into the hands of South African goalkeeper Mapaseka Mpuru.

Indeed Basetsana did not have any clear cut chances in the first stanza and just before half time they were two goals adrift as a tame-looking shot was deflected into the net for an own goal by Caryn van Reyneveld to give Nigeria u20 a 2-0 lead at the break.

While the Falconets continued to pile pressure in the second half they failed to add to their tally, instead it was South Africa that was awarded a goal in the 90th minute after a Nigerian defender handled in the box, Gabriela Salgado stepped up to give Basetsana the much-needed away goal.

It ended Nigeria u20 2 South Africa u20 1.

The second leg is scheduled for Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa on Saturday, 7 November 2015.

The winner over two legs will qualify for the 2016 FIFA u20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.