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Falconets qualify for Japan 2012

Falconets qualify for Japan 2012

The U-20 women national team, the Falconets, on Saturday in Kinshasa qualified for this year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup after they hammered hosts DR Congo 3-0 in their final African qualifying fixture.

The Falconets thus qualified on 7-0 aggregate after they had won the first leg at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta 4-0 two weeks ago.

Despite the first leg advantage, coach Godwin Okon’s side outclassed their hosts and went ahead as early as the 8th minute when Ngozi Okobi opened score.

Five minutes later, dangerous forward, Desire Oparanozie made it two for the Falconets, before Francisca Ordega scored her fourth goal for the team in the qualifiers with a sizzler in the 23rd minute.

The qualification would put some smiles on the faces of the country’s huge football followers after the men and women’s senior national teams failed to qualify for the 2012 Nations Cup and the women football event of the London 2012 Olympic Games respectively.

The men’s U-23 side also crashed out in the Africa qualifiers for the 2012 Olympic Games football event.

The U-17 women national team, the Flamingoes, had earlier qualified for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012 two months ago.

The Nigeria delegation will depart Kinshasa on Monday aboard an Ethiopia Airline flight to Addis Ababa, and onwards to Abuja.





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