Nigeria Falconets scraped up a 1-0 win over Haiti to keep hope alive at FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in France. A 36th-minute penalty from Rasheedat Ajibade was enough to bring Nigeria their first points in Group D.
Haiti responded to going behind almost immediately but No10 Nerilia Mondesir was denied by the post after a swift counter-attack. The Caribbean side continued to push for the equalizer but Nigeria goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie proved to be equal to every challenge that came her way.
She won the woman of the match award. The Super Falconets lost their opening match to Germany 1-0 on Monday.
The win moves Nigeria up to second in the table after two games, three points behind leaders Germany. China is third, level on points with Nigeria, with Haiti bottom – still without a point.
Nigeria’s final group game will be against China on Monday. There are four groups of four with the top two teams progressing to the quarter-final stage. Ghana’s hopes of qualifying to the last eight were dashed with a 4-0 defeat to the Netherlands on Wednesday.