Nigeria under-20 women’s team successfully moved top of Group C of the Fifa World Cup after holding on to a 2-1 win over Korea Republic in Moncton, Canada.
The Coach Peter Dedevbo’s side were 2-0 up at half-time following an opening minute strike by Oklahoma State College footballer Courtney Dike and Pelican Stars’ Chinwedu Ihezuo few minutes after the half-hour mark.
Kim Soyi grabbed PR Korea’s consolation on 71 minutes as the Super Falconets failed to clear their lines.
The win means Nigeria now move top of the group with 4 points ahead of England and Mexico, both of whom played out to a 1-1 draw earlier on Saturday.
Dike the only foreign-based player in the squad- Super Eagles Bright’s younger sister- scored the fastest goal in the history of the U-20 World Cup after taking advantage of Korea Republic’s poor defending.
Osarenoma Igbinovia and Loveth Ayila then missed two close chances to double Nigeria’s lead before the 20th minute, the latter, a close-range effort from an Asisat Oshoala’s deep cross deflected wide off a defender.
Korea’s first attempt was chipped over Ibom Angels’ goalkeeper Sandra Chichi and the bar by Soyi.
But Ihezuo was clinical in controlling Ugo Njoku’s cross, before releasing a blazing shot past Minyeong in goal for Korea.
Nigeria pressed for a third goal immediately after the interval, but the Asians asked some few questions of their own, with Kim Inji’s shot from the edge of the area on 59 minutes going just inches wide of goal, before narrowly missing another attempt ten minutes later.
Soyi grabbed Korea’s consolation in the 71st minute but every attempt to restore parity were fended off by the 7-timers, who claimed their first win to shore clear at the top.
Nigeria next face England in their final group game on Wednesday in Edmonton and need just a draw to progress into the knock-out phase for the fifth time.