Falconets: FIFA Rules Rashidat Ajibade’s Goal As Own Goal
Falconet striker, Rashidat Ajibade’s late goal in Nigeria’s 1 – 1 draw with China at the ongoing U20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 has been ruled as an own goal by FIFA despite the goal initially credited to her.
The result was enough to see the Falconets qualify for the quarterfinal where they will face Spain on Thursday.
Substitute Aishat Bello’s inviting cross saw Ajibade challenge for the ball with China right-back Jiaxing Dou and the ball struck the defender before ending up in the back of the net.
As a result of Fifa’s verdict, the Falconets skipper only has one goal to her name in the competition, against Haiti in the second group match. Falconets didn’t score against Germany in their first match.
Ajibade tweeted shortly after yesterday’s game at Stade du Clos Gastel, Dinan-Léhon : ”The goal tooday has been given as an own goal by but I will take that anyday .
“We are throughWell done team ! To God be the glory. Room for improvement but will enjoy the day ! #Togetherwearestronger #RA08 #U20WWC #Team9jaStrong”.
Nigeria’s reward for finishing second in a tough Group D is a quarterfinal showdown with one of the emerging forces in women’s football, Spain, at the Stade Guy Piriou, Concarneau on August 16.
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