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Falconets qualify for FIFA U-20 World Cup


Nigeria’s Under-20 women’s national team, the Super Falconets have qualified for the finals of the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.

This was after they defeated the South African Women’s national team, the Batsaesana 1-0 in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Chinwendu Ihehuo netted the decisive goal in the 16th minute at Makhulong Stadium, Tembisa.

Nigeria won the first leg 2-1 in Abuja two weeks earlier and the South Africans knew a 1-0 win would be enough to qualify for the finals ahead of Nigeria who reached the final (where they lost 0-1 to Germany) two years earlier.

The victory on Sunday was enough to see Nigeria progress on a 3-1 aggregate and the Super Falconets will now be looking to win the title for the very first time.

The 2016 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea will accommodate 16 teams in the tournament.

Nigeria thus joins nine other national teams that have qualified for the tournament.

The others are Japan, North Korea, South Korea, New Zealand, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and the hosts, Papua New Guinea.

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