The Flamingoes got off to an impressive 2-1 win over the People’s Republic of China at the ongoing Fifa Women’s Under-17 World Cup in Alajuela, Costa Rica, on Sunday.
First-half goal from Rasheedat Ajibade and a 63rd minute powerful header from Uchenna Kanu secured the win for Nigeria, who are now joint top of Group D with Mexico.
Fan Yuqiu scored midway through the second half to reduce the Flamingoes’ lead, but every effort at leveling up proved abortive with the Nigerians’ backline proving formidable enough in the closing 25 minutes of the opening tie at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto.
Onyinyechukwu Okeke impressed in goal for the West Africans, who now plays Colombia on Wednesday in the second group game.
Nigeria got in the ascendancy through Ajibade’s 21st minute goal when China’s Peng Shimeng rebounded Kanu’s in-swinging corner to her feet.
Kanu doubled the lead three minutes after the hour mark despite China PR enjoying possession in the early stages of the closing halve.
Captain Yugiu calmly shot past Okeke from Yan Liu’s cross to reduce China’s deficit.
China will now meet Mexico on Wednesday as they search for a first win in Costa Rica.