Friday, July 30, 2010

Nigeria Makes History For Africa

The African continent is a proud people this year. While still basking from the glory of hosting 2010 FIFA World Cup for the first time ever in Africa, and with such aplomb, the FIFA Under-20 Women Cup final on Sunday will feature an African team, Nigeria who overcame Colombia 1-0 with a second minute goal in Bielefeld. They face hosts, Germany, who trounced Korea Republic 5-1.

Only a few months back, another African team made another African history by winning another version of the FIFA World Cup. Ghana youth team won the FIFA Under-20 World Cup that was held in Egypt. 

The beautiful Falconets took on their early chance, organised themselves and defended with their lives. Captain Joy Jegede, just inside the Columbian half, launched the ball into the penalty area where the high bounce evaded Paula Forero the goalkeeper and against the crossbar. Ebere Orji scored easily from the rebound.

The second half saw both teams struggle to set up chances. Colombia's confidence was visible later on, nearly succeeding in pushing Nigeria against the wall. They were also on target with 20 minutes to play, but when Africa's day arrives, not even Suarez could have saved them. Bazenzele!