France 2018: Nigeria Falconets Secure Win, Beat Haiti 1 - 0
France 2018: Nigeria Falconets Secure Win, Beat Haiti 1 - 0

Nigeria U-20 female football team, the Falconets have secure their first three points and first win of France 2018 FIFA Female U-20 world cup.

Rasheedat Ajibade’s first-half penalty kick was enough to see Nigeria edge Haiti 1-0 in Group D at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 to secure a crucial three points, keeping their knockout round qualification hopes alive.

The match started at a furious pace but neither side were able to off any real goalscoring threat. It took until the 36th minute to see the breakthrough, with Nigeria being awarded a penalty kick after Anam Imo was fouled in the area by Haiti’s Dougenie Joseph.

Africa’s top scorer in qualifying for France 2018, Nigeria captain Rasheedat Ajibade made no mistake when presented with the opportunity and converted what turned out to be the winning goal from 12 yards.

Haiti responded to going behind almost immediately but No10 Nerilia Mondesir was denied by the post after a swift counter-attack. The Caribbean side continued to push for the equaliser but Nigeria goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie proved to be equal to every challenge that came her way.

Mondesir and Melchie Dumonay took much of the initiative going forward, looking dangerous at times, but the Nigerian backline, marshalled by Nnadozie, held on for the victory.

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The Falconets hit the bar severally and so was their opponents, Haiti but took the lead in the 34th minutes when Ajibade converted a spot kick.

Nigeria is jointly level on point with China PR at three points, a situation which makes the last preliminary game a must win for the Falconets to extend their stay in France, and in the tournament.