Nigeria have advanced to the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan after thrashing Italy 4-0 in their last group game in Kobe on Sunday. The Falconets will now face Mexico, who defeated New Zealand with the same margin, on Thursday in Tokyo.
Nigeria will depart from Kobe today for Tokyo.
A hat-trick from Francisca Ordega gave Nigeria a deserving victory over Italy to advance to the knock-out stage of the tournament.
The forward opened scoring in the 22nd minute and later added two goals in the 40th and 47th, while substitute, Osarenoma Igbinovia, completed the routing in the 86th minute to put Nigeria atop Group B with seven points.
Ordega, who is featuring in her third World Cup final, was replaced by Ebere Orji in the 82nd minute after the demolition.
“My first goal, l dedicate to the Almighty God, the second my mother and the third to my younger brother,” she said after the game.
“It is amazing when you score three goals in a single game. I must thank my colleagues for the support,” she added.
A Nigerian fan resident in Japan has promised the player an IPAD on Thursday for her performance.
“I will bring it with me on Thursday,” the fan, Stanley Okafor, said. He had given the team $800 for the victory which he pledged after their second match against Brazil last Wednesday.
Coach Edwin Okon praised his girls for the good performance, saying they were more organised than the Italians.
“My girls were the better side and l must commend them. Our focus is our next match which is crucial if we want to remain in the competition,” he said.
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