Nigeria thrash Central Africa Republic 7-0 in 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers as Falconets hold huge advantage in second round first leg

The two-time runners-up of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup, Nigeria’s Falconets fired from all cylinders as they hit the U20 girls of Central African Republic 7-0 in their FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Africa qualifiers, first leg encounter in Douala on Saturday.

Central Africa Republic hosted Nigeria in the second round of the FIFA qualifiers in Douala but were made crawling on the floor having been hammered at their backyard.

The Falconets made things abundantly clear from the second minute of the match played at one of the stadia designated for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations – Stade Japoma de Douala – when Mercy Idoko finished brilliantly to put Nigeria ahead.

Three minutes later, Idoko made good from the penalty spot to make it 2-0 as the Falconets stepped on the pedal, and in the 34th minute, winger Esther Onyenezide made it 3-0 as superiority told against the Central African Republic girls in the Douala sun.

The Falconets were unstoppable and a minute before recess, Joy Jerry increased the tally.

The second period followed a similar pattern as Deborah Abiodun (78th minute), Taiwo Lawal (83rd minute) and Yena Adoo (one minute into time added-on) piled more misery on the central Africans, who were actually playing at ‘home’.

The return leg has now been scheduled for Wednesday, 6th October at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, Lagos. The victory hands Nigeria advantage to qualify from the second round to the next qualifying round.

Caf will have two representatives for the final tournament of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022.



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