FIFA U20 WWC: Reuben satisfied with Falconets progress

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Nigeria U20 women’s team, Falconets, forward Charity Reuben has expressed
happiness with her team progression in the 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup
qualifiers.

Nigeria defeated Morocco 5-1 on Saturday in the second round, second leg qualifier at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City and advanced to the final round on a 6-2 aggregate.

“The match was easy for us, we scored five goals and it was obvious we got an easy ride. Yes, they proved stubborn in the first half but we knew that won’t last for the duration of the game,” said Reuben.

“The Moroccans strength is in the early stages of the game, we studied their previous matches and we had our game plan to finish the game on a high. We worked hard for the game and we are proud of our performance.”

The Ibom Angels striker and NWPL top scorer last season came on from the bench
in the second half and scored a brace to propel her team to a big win.

Reuben added; “The coach’s game plan was to have enough quality on the bench that would come into the game and compliment the effort of those that started the game. I also like starting from the bench, it gives me more advantage to add quality to the team.

“I am happy I got two goals in the second half, which it was our plan to finish the game with a massive score line. It was a collective victory and we are looking forward to the next game against South Africa.”

The Falconets will now clash with their South African counterparts in the final round of the African qualifiers. The South Africans hammered Burundi 5-0 for a 5-2 aggregate win.

South Africa will host the first leg on 13th January 2018.

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