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Nigeria qualify for 2024 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup

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Nigeria’s U20 women, Falconets, have earned a spot at this yr’s FIFA U20 Girls’s World Cup finals after a brace by Opeyemi Ajakaye ultimately introduced down hard-fighting Burundi in a ultimate spherical, second leg encounter on the MKO Abiola Nationwide Stadium on Saturday night.

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This tallied to a 3-0 combination victory for Nigeria within the ultimate spherical of the qualifying race in Africa.

The Falconets had gained the primary leg 1-0 in Dar es Salaam six days in the past.

As was the case within the first leg in Dar es Salaam, the Nigerian women created alternative after alternative, however didn’t put them away to make their huge superiority rely. As early because the 2nd minute, Opeyemi Ajakaye, who was high scorer for the FIFA U17 World Cup bronze-winning Flamingos two years in the past, volleyed large when it appeared simpler to attain.

Within the quarter-hour, Chiamaka Okwuchukwu swung the ball into the guests’ field from the wing, however the workforce’s main scorer Janet Akekoromowei didn’t convert the chance. It was Okwuchukwu’s flip to overlook within the thirty fourth minute, when she couldn’t convert a pull-out by Ajakaye.

Eight minutes after the restart, Ajakaye went on a solo run into the guests’ eighteen-yard field, solely to finish with a weak shot that was simply collected by goalkeeper Amissa Inarukundo.

The impasse was damaged within the 78th minute by Ajakaye, who made hay with an help by Akekoromowei. Ajakaye then scored the second objective on the dot of time to place the Falconets by to the ultimate event in Colombia later this yr.

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Nigeria has been an ever-present on the FIFA U20 Girls’s World Cup, because it was launched as an U19 event in Canada 22 years in the past, ending as runners-up in 2010 and 2014, and reaching the semi-finals in Japan in 2012.

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