Ajibade’s goal hands Nigeria victory over Haiti in FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
Nigeria’s U-20 female national team Falconets on Thursday, August 9, defeated Haiti 1-0 in their second match of the ongoing FIFA U–20 Women’s World Cup. The encounter decided at Saint Malo saw Falconets captain Rasheedat Ajibade score the only goal of the match in the 38th minute from the spot to hand Nigeria all three points. At the commencement of the encounter, both sides were eager to claim all match points after suffering defeat in their opening fixtures to Germany and China respectively.
Tough game today vs a resilient Haiti 🇭🇹team but we thank God for his glory 🙏🏿1 goal for team and 3 very precious points for NIGERIA ⚽️✨💚🇳🇬💚 Thank you for all the great support 👏🏿. Total focus for🇳🇬vs🇨🇳 ! #Togetherwearestronger #RA08 #U20WWC #Team9jaStrong pic.twitter.com/MwF3seWLRs
— Rasheedat Ajibade (@Rasheedat08) August 9, 2018
Although the Falconets were able to exchange passes in the first stanza, Haiti showed that they were in France for serious football business.
Nigeria forced the first save of the match after Anam Imo right footed shot from outside the box was blocked. Gift Monday got the first caution of the day when she received a yellow card in the 4th minute for a bad foul. On the 7th minute, Gift Monday played a through ball, but Rasheedat Ajibade was caught offside. The contest from them saw both side trying to outwit one another and on the 18th minute, Haiti’s Nérilia Mondésir was caught offside. Falconent’s Peace Efih almost gave Nigeria the lead in the 33rd minute but her right footed effort from the right side of the box missed target. However, Nigeria were awarded a penalty on the 35th minute after Tabita Joseph fouled Anam Imo in the penalty area, and Ajibade stepped up to convert from the spot.
STANDINGS // CLASSEMENT
🇩🇪 2-0 🇨🇳
🇭🇹 0-1 🇳🇬#U20WWC
Eliminated: Haiti pic.twitter.com/kJz77kI5VB
— #U20WWC 🇫🇷⛵ (@FIFAWWC) August 9, 2018