By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Super Falcons star Francesca Ordega is confident that the Nigerian U-20 women national team will overcome South Africa’s threat and qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Peter Dedevbo’s team defeated the Basetsana 2-1 at the Abuja National Stadium on Saturday to make the return a must-not lose game.
Washington Spirit forward Ordega who was in the stands to cheer the Nigerian team told Completesportsnigeria.com that she believes the Falconets can surmount the obstacle but agrees that it will not be an easy game.
“Thank God the Falconets won the first leg at home. It’s not a comfortable lead but I believe there’s no way the South Africans can score there that our girls will not score too,” Ordega told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“My advice to the girls is for them to approach the game as if the first leg never happened. They must realise the South Africans are desperate to ensure that they qualify for the U-20 World Cup and not us, just as they (South Africa) will represent Africa at the Olympics and not us. It’s all about the bragging rights.”
The Falconets scored their first goal of the match in the 27th minute through Grace Kanu while Patience Kalu netted the second goal in the 45th minute.
The South Africans responded by converting a penalty in added time through Gabriela Salgado for their consolation goal.
The return leg holds in two weeks.