The Falconets, Nigeria women’s under-20 squad, trashed Canada 3-1 at Alajuela, Costa-Rica, in the early hours of August 18, 2022.
After defeating Canada, the Falconets achieved a perfect record for themselves during the World Cup group stage.
The Falconets had an advantage going into the match with two victories to start their campaign at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
While the Falconets defeated France and South Korea, Canada lost their first two matches. They did, however, get off to a strong start against Nigeria, taking the lead in the second minute.
Kala Novak scored thanks to goalkeeper Omini Oyono’s poor handling of a backpass from Jumoke Alani.
Nigeria had a chance to level the game when defender Mia Pante handled the ball after a Blessing Okpe attempt inside the box.
Onyenezide, whose deadly curling shot against South Korea gained all three points, pulled the Falconets even in the 24th minute from the penalty spot.
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“It was great for us to come back from that setback; and also conceding first in the tournament. But we showed character and spirit after that; and that would be huge for us going forward in the competition,” team head coach Christopher Danjuma said after the match.
Again, Onyenezide was on hand to give Nigeria the lead, also from the penalty spot; following Simi Awujo’s reckless act against Mercy Idoko in the 32nd minute. Despite going behind early, the Falconets led at half-time.
In the second half, the Falconets improved their speed and creative use of space. It was no surprise then when Imuran, again with a visionary cross, set up substitute Chioma Olise for Nigeria’s third goal.
As a result of the win against Canada, Danjuma’s girls will play Netherlands in the quarterfinals at Alajuela on Monday .