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It’s ‘a-goal-per-player’ as Falconets gross 11 goals against Central African Republic

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It was a ruthless finish by rampaging Nigeria U-20 women’s team, Super Falconets. In beating their counterparts from Central African Republic 4-0 at the water-front stadium, Mobolaji Johnson Arena, they recorded an aggregate 11-0 having won the away match 7-0.

Logically, it is like a goal for each of the 11 starters of the opposing team.

They thus  proceed into the penultimate round of the African qualifying series for next year’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup.   

Victors by 7-0 from the first leg played in Douala, the Falconets rather took things easy at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena on Lagos Island, making it 4-0 with Mercy Idoko, two-goal heroine from the first leg, earning another brace.

Flourish Sebastine got the Falconets in front after latching onto a long thrust by Bashirat Amoo in the 13th minute, a minute after exciting left-sided midfielder Esther Onyenezide had rocked the crossbar from a free-kick.

Sebastine could have made it two 14 minutes later but she was thwarted by goalkeeper Beverly Mellot, who put up a brave performance. In the 31st minute, Onyenezide again rattled the crossbar with a sweet in-swinger from the right.

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Idoko made good in the 35th minute, heading home from a corner kick by the ubiquitous Sebastine.

Six minutes into the second period, Idoko finished with a flourish off a flowing team move, sending the aggregate into double figures.

Captain of the visiting team, Sumita Lindsay Gouandjia was dismissed from the game for a second bookable offence in the 68th minute. Three minutes from the end, substitute Blessing Okpe made it four with a ferocious rising shot, only three minutes after coming in for Joy Jerry.

The Falconets will now play the winner of the Egypt/Congo fixture in the penultimate round of the African qualifying race.   

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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