FIFA Women Under-20 World Cup: Nigeria in quarter final

Nigeria Falconets
Nigeria Falconets

Nigeria are through to the quarter finals of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany after the Falconets claimed a 1-1 draw with  Mexico in Bochum on Wednesday afternoon.

Ebere Orji scored from a corner kick after 16 miniutes but the Mexicans equalised – also through a corner kick – with only 12 minutes left and it took some spirited defending for the Nigerian girls to avoid an unimaginable exit.

The Nigerians have secured a place in the last eight and a date with World Cup holders USA in Augsburg on Sunday evening.

The USA won the last competition staged in Chile by beating North Korea in the final in Santiago, while the Falconets crashed out in the quarter-finals due to a narrow defeat by France.

The Falconets will have the opportunity to become the first team to stop the USA from reaching the semi-finals of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup since the tournament was launched in Canada eight years ago.

If they are able to defeat the Americans, the Nigerian girls will look forward to a semi-final against either Sweden or Colombia.

By Jennifer Ifeoma Okoye (