Nigeria U-20 women’s team Falconets got off to the worst possible start at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Papua New Guinea after they were smashed 6-0 by Japan on Sunday morning.
A hat-trick from Mami Ueno, a brace from Yuka Momiki and an own goal by Falconets Mary Ologbosere secured Japan the emphatic win.
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It was Japan’s second win against Nigeria at the U-20 World Cup after recording their first win as hosts in 2012.
Japan left African champions Nigeria shaken to the core after they recorded a 6-0 thrashing in their opening game at Bava Park, Port Moresby on Sunday.
The Falconets have recorded their worst defeat ever in the history of the Fifa U20 Women’s World Cup.
Momiki’s close-range header on 32 minutes and doubled their advantage just three minutes later after Ueno got onto the end of captain Ruka Norimatsu’s neat pass and slotted past goalkeeper Sandra Chiichii.
Things went from bad to worse for the Africans when Momiki capitalised on a horrendous defending to complete her brace and Mary Ologbosere’s own goal in the 56th minute continued the remarkable rout in Group B’s opening fixture and cast further doubt over Nigeria’s chances of winning the competition.
Ueno fired home from close-range before completing her treble with a beautiful strike eight minutes from time, embarking on a valiant solo run and smashing a powerful strike into the top corner.
In the group’s other game Spain thrashed Canada 5-0.
The Falconets will hope to bounce back from their opening day disappointment when they face Canada on Wednesday, while Spain and Japan will do battle.
Nigeria face Canada in their next game on November 16, while Japan would seek an early flight in the next round by defeating Spain at the Brava Park.