Without breaking a sweat, the Falconets sealed their ninth appearance at the 2018 Under 20 Women’s World Cup in France, after hammering the Basetsanas of South Africa 6-0 on Saturday.
Nigeria joins the Black Princesses of Ghana as Africa’s torchbearers, following their 8-0 aggregate victory in the final qualifying match at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in Benin.
Nigeria took the lead seven minutes into the game through Gift Monday, following a Rasheedat Ajibade’s assist.
Ajibade, 14 minutes later, turned converter as she rounded the Basetsana goalkeeper Mapaseka Mpuru and scored the second after a pass from Monday Gift.
Anam Imo created the third, five minutes later, finishing off a rebound after Folashade Ijamilusi’s effort hit the woodwork.
Not tired of gracing the score sheet, Ajibade got her brace, tapping in from close range via a great pass from Ijamilusi in the 32nd minute.
Six minutes to half time, Monday grabbed her second as Nigeria went 5-0 up.
The Basetsanas were close to pulling a consolation goal through Sibulele Holweni in the 54th minute, but the goalkepper Chiamaka Nnadozie, made a brilliant stop on the ensuing one on one.
The game wasn’t without drama as Monday was sent off for a foul after receiving a second yellow card in the 71st minute. That however didn’t stop Imo getting her own brace despite Nigeria playing with 10 women, in the 73rd minute.
On winning the fixture, the NFF women’s football committee chairperson, Honorable Ayo Omidiran, and African legend Florence Omagbemi, rewarded them with N500,000 ($1400) and N200,000 ($555) cash prizes respectively.
Meanwhile, Ghana defeated Cameroon 3-0 (4-1) on aggregate to take the second spot for the continent.