Nigeria’s Under-20 Female Team Though to the Final Round of FIFA under 20 Women World Cup Qualifiers
Nigeria’s under-20 Female National Team is through to the fourth and final round of the FIFA under 20 women World Cup qualifiers after beating Tanzania 3-2 on aggregate.
Nigerians forced the Tanzanians to a 1-1 draw in Dar es Salaam last week and secured a 2-1 victory at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Sunday to take another step towards qualifying for Colombia 2024.
Their early dominance paid off in the 15th minute when Janet Aikekoromowei pounced on an Opeyemi Ajakaye assist to hand falconets the lead.
Five minutes later, Tanzania’s Jamila Mnunduka levelled for the visitors from a goalmouth scramble.
Comfort Folorunsho got the falconets back ahead when she met Shobowale Olushola’s cross with a firm header.
Nigeria will now face Burundi in the last round, with the winner of that clash securing a spot at Colombia 2024.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles were held to a 1-1 draw by Zimbabwe in their second qualifying game for the 2026 FIFA World Cup on Sunday at the Huye Stadium in Rwanda.
It was Zimbabwe that looked more threatening, particularly on the counter and got a reward for their endeavors through a well-taken free kick from Walter Musona.
Moments after the start of the second half, Nigeria had the first chance to restore parity from an indirect free kick but were denied by a goal-line clearance.
Relief eventually came in the 67th for the Super Eagles when Joe Aribo made a loft pass to Simon who put the ball on the plate for Iheanacho to level the score line.