Falconets’ pair of Oshoala Asisat and Dike Courtney grabbed a brace each in Nigeria U20 women team to win 4-2 over Codiac AAA U-18 boys to confirm their readiness for the U20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
The win was the second for Peter Dedevbo’s maidens in their second friendly match that played at Rocky Stone Centennial park, Moncton, Canada ahead of their opening game against Mexico on August 6.
The Nigeria ladies though started early conceding a 2nd minute goal, cut short their host celebration after they grabbed a leveller a minute later for 1-1. Both teams failed to find a breakthrough and so settled for a 1-1 draw at half time.
Interestingly, just three minutes into the second half Asisat Oshoala powered home Courtney Dike’s soft cross with a fine header to put the Falconets in front for the first time in the game for 2-1.
Unfortunately, the Moncton U18 lads fought back almost immediately grabbing their equalizer through from a well taken free kick.
However, US-based striker Courtney Dike who came in as a substitute justified her World Cup squad inclusion scoring the third and fourth goals in the shirt of the African giants to ensure a 4-2 victory at full time.
Speaking after the game, Falconets head coach, Peter Dedevbo admitted an improved overall performance in comparison with their earlier encounter with the team’s U-16 Boys.
“The girls put on a fearless approach in this match. This shows that they have their eyes on the world cup, which is why their performance has improved. They are putting lessons being learned at the trainings to use,” media officer Elizabeth Carr quoted him as saying.
In a related development, the Falconets have dropped Pelican Stars forward Winifred Grace Eyebhoria who was picked as possible replacement for US based forward Courtney Dike should she fail to turn up in Canada.
The drop of Winifred has now brought the number of players in Falconets camp to 21.