Former Super Falcons goalkeeper, Ann Chijiene has stated that South Africa won’t be good enough to stop Nigeria despite the threat of intent from South Africa women U20 team coach Khumalo.
Chiejine reacted to a statement credited to Bayana Bayana’s Coach Khumalo that ‘South Africa cannot afford to continue to play second fiddle to Nigeria in women football’.
Chiejine sad no matter the threat, the Falconet will edge their opponent because of the mandate to do well at the FIFA U20 women world cup in Russia next year.
The former goalkeeper spoke to brila.net ahead of the final round of the African qualifiers after brushing aside Morocco.
Three goals scored from counter-attacking positions steered the Nigeria U20 girls, Falconets, to a 5-1 trouncing of their visiting Moroccan counterparts at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Saturday evening.
A 45 –minute rainstorm swept through the stadium and environs just before kick –off, necessitating a delay that actually led to a meeting in which the Match Commissioner, Souderton Djallo-Kalkaba from Cameroon had ruled that the match would be played on Sunday.
However, a dramatic change in weather led to a change of heart, and the match began 83 minutes behind schedule.
In the event, the Falconets started like a house on fire, with Rasheedat Ajibade, Anam Imo and Monday Gift combining brilliantly. One of those moves saw Ajibade finishing off with a simple tap in after Gift’s cross from the left after five minutes.
The Falconets will now clash with their South African counterparts in the final round of the African qualifiers. The South Africans hammered Burundi 5-0 for a 5-2 aggregate. South Africa will host Nigeria in the first leg on 13th January 2018.
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