The Falconets of Nigeria went wild with goals on Saturday, 26 October, 2013, as they walloped Sierra Leone 10-0 in the first leg match of Canada 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifier played at the Abuja National Stadium.
The match saw the Falconets scoring their first goal barely ten minutes into the first half through Halimat Ayinde. Chidinma Edeji increased the tally in what later turned to harvest of goals, as Ayinde scored again at the 25th minute.
Rivers Angels’ forward, Uchechi Sunday who came in as a substitute for injured Yetunde Adeboyejo, made an immediate impact with a brace deep in the first half, while another goal came in for Nigeria in the 37th minute from a penalty spot after Winifred Eyebhiora was brought down.
The second half started strongly with the Falconets taking control of the game with Sunday, who scored earlier, scoring the sixth goal in the 55th minute and seventh goals for the team five minutes later.
Edeji made it eight goals in the 62nd minute with Patience Okaeme scoring the 9th goal in the 80th minute from a corner while Sunday completed the rout with a 90th minute strike.
Sierra Leone now have an uphill task in the second leg if they ever hope to get to the next round of the qualifiers.
Falconets’ Chief Coach, Peter Dedevbo said he never expected that the girls would score such high number of goals after their unimpressive performance in their international friendlies.
He said there were still many lapses to work on and that he was not afraid of the second leg in Sierra Leone. According to him, not all those playing in the qualifiers will feature at the World Cup, adding that some new players will join the team from the U-17 team.
Sierra Leone coach, Abdulai Bah, said he was not surprised that the Nigeria team trounced his girls. He said it was the first time the team was participating in an international competition, stressing that they were just building up a new team.
Bah said he was only exposing his players to gain experience for now, assuring that no country will be able to beat them again in about four years from now.
-Additional reports by NAN.