Monday, 31 March 2014

Nigeria Beats China at Costa Rica 2014 First Game

Nigeria's U17 Women football team defeated China 2-1 to begin their Costa Rica 2014 U17 Women's World Cup campaign on a bright note in Group D on March 17, 2014 in Alajuela. Nigeria started on front foot when in the 7th minute Chiwendu Ihezuo botched to connect with a ball across the face of goal and wasted another brilliant goal opportunity in the 14th minute.

At the 19th minute before converting 21st minute chance, Rasheedat Ajibade went on to miss a goal scoring opportunity. Goalkeeper Oyebubuchi Okeke made a brilliant save in the 28th minutes while at the other end Aminat Yakubu and Rasheedat Ajibade both wasted their chances to double the lead for Nigeria in the 37th and 45th minutes respectively.

Soon, the Asian side resumed the other half revitalized by putting the Nigerian goalkeeper Onyinye Okeke to test in the 48th minute only for Uchenna Kanu to head home Mary Ologbosere's cross at the 60th minute to double the lead for Nigeria.

Rasheedat Ajibade became Flamingoes first goal hero and Man-ofthe- match winner expressing gladness at grabbing the award and swore to perform better in succeeding games and make Nigerians proud.

After the match, head coach of the Nigeria U17 Women's team, Bala Nikyu appreciated the team work and resilience of his ladies to ensure victory against their opponents. Bala asserted, "I don't want to mention any player because they all did well, its team work. They played for themselves to win."


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