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We expected Falconets’ victory against Besetsana of South Africa – Chris Danjuma

Nigeria U-20 female coach Christopher Danjuma says the Falconets’ victory over the Besetsana of South Africa in the second leg U-20 World Cup qualifier is not a surprise to him.

Danjuma, who spoke after the 6 -0 bashing of his opponent, said he expected more goals but was satisfied with the ones scored by his girls.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Falconets trashed the South Africans 6-0 on Saturday at Samuel Ogbemudia stadium, Benin, to qualify for the U-20 World Cup in France.

The Falconets, who had in the first leg walloped their opponents 2-0 in South Africa, qualified on an-eight goal aggregate to book a place in France which would hold between Aug. 5 and Aug. 24.

Danjuma said with the first leg away victory, he told his girls to go about to express themselves in Saturday’s match.

“I was sure of victory and had even expected more than six goals but I am, however, okay with the number of goals the girls scored today.

“I am very much satisfied with the way the girls played tonight. They played according to instruction but quite unfortunately, one of my players had a red card in the course of the victory.

“Now that we are over the qualifier, we will now go back to begin to prepare proper for the World Cup,” he said.

NAN reports that Saturday’s match saw the Nigerian team scoring five goals in the first 45 minutes of the game.

In the encounter, the Besetsana were hardly a match for their Nigerian opponents who clearly dominated proceedings right from the blast of the whistle.

The obviously one-sided game saw the Nigerian goal keeper on holiday as she only had a feel of the ball just twice all through the first half of the match.

A brace each by Ajibade Rasheedat and Monday Gift and Imo Anam, ensured the Falconets resumed the second half on a comfortable lead.

Rasheedat’s goals came at the 21st and 32nd minutes of that match while Monday Gift’s brace came at the 5th and 39th minutes with Imo Anam scoring at the 26th and 73 minutes.

On resumption of the second half, the South Africans became more aggressive and even came close to scoring in the early minutes but were however denied the opportunity by the Nigerians keeper, Annadozie Chiamaka.

In the second half which appeared more balanced, Monday Gift got a red card and also sustained injury at the same time, following a goal-mouth scramble in the South African vital area.

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