Nigeria’s Under-20 women national team, the Falconets on Sunday qualified for the second round qualifiers of next year’s FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup following a comprehensive 9-0 aggregate victory over Tanzania.
Nigeria took a 3-0 lead from the first leg in Benin City to the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam on Sunday but Christopher Danjuma’s ladies blew away their hosts 6-0 in a one-sided contest.
Scorer of two goals in the first leg, Rasheedat Ajibade once again led the team to another imperious outing, scoring twice in the opening 25 minutes to all but put the tie beyond the East Africans.
Florence Ijamilusi also scored twice for the dominant Nigerians who also had Anam Imo and substitute Cynthia Aku on the score sheet.
Up next for the Falconets in the second round is Morocco who edged out Senegal 3-2 on aggregate despite losing the second leg 2-1.
After a 2-0 first leg win in Sale, the North Africans produced a dogged performance in the second leg in Dakar, Senegal’s 88th minute winner regardless.
In other results, Kenya defeated Ethiopia 2-1 in Machakos to advance 4-3 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw in the first leg.
The Kenyans will most likely face Ghana in the second round as the West Africans command a 5-0 first leg advantage over Algeria.
Down South, South Africa‘s Basetsana also reached the second round after completing a 9-0 aggregate score over Namibia on Sunday.
Captain and playmaker Linda Motlhalo scored a brace, like she did in the first leg to inspire Maud Khumalo’s to a 4-0 victory in Windhoek.
Two teams will emerge from the African qualifying zone after the third round of qualifiers for a place at the August 2018 tournament in France.
The next round of matches hold in the first weekend of November.
Second round fixtures
Morocco vs Nigeria
Burundi vs South Africa
Sierra Leone vs Cameroon
Ghana/Algeria vs Kenya