Stand –in captain Rasheedat Ajibade netted from the penalty spot as Nigeria’s U20 girls, falconets recorded their first victory at the ongoing 9th FIFA U20 World Cup in France with a slim one-nil win over Haiti.
The Falconets needed a win to keep their hopes of a qualification to the knockout stage alive and that they did, when Rasheedat Ajibade stepped up to score from the penalty spot after Anam Imo was fouled in the box in the 36th minute as the Christopher Danjuma-tutored side pipped hard tackling Haiti 1-0 in Saint-Malo.
Nigeria is now second on the Group D table with three points from two games and will next play China who lost against table-toppers Germany on Thursday, in the final group game on Monday in Dinan/Léhon.
Just before the end of the first period, Ajibade sent a brilliant pass to Anam Imo but the latter could not connect for a tap-in, and the half ended with the Falconets still one goal ahead.
The Haitians improved at the beginning of the second half but were contained by the Falconets who were hell-bent on getting all three points at stake.
Just as she did in the first match against Germany which the Falconets were unlucky to lose by the odd goal, goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie saved the blushes of the Falconets time and time again whenever they were caught napping at the back.
The top performance from Chiamaka Nnadozie earned her the Most Valuable Player, MVP of the game and was awarded a plaque for her superlative efforts.