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FIFA U-20 WWC: Ajibade loses goal against China

Nigeria’s midfielder Grace Igboamalu (L) heads the ball with China’s defender Jie Zhi during the Women’s World Cup U20 Group D football match China vs Nigeria on August 13, 2018, at the Clos Gastel stadium in Dinan, north-western France. / AFP PHOTO

Rasheedat Ajibade who was credited to have scored a last gasp equaliser against China in their group D game of the U20 Women’s World Cup France 2018, has lost the right to own the back breaking goal.

FIFA ruled that it was an own goal knocked in by Chinese right-back Jiaxing Dou. Ajibade now has only one goal to her name in the tournament.

However, the goal will remain  in the memory of the Falconets players as they faced an early exit, until substitute Aishat Bello drilled in a telling cross which was deflected into the net.

“It was not easy. I was on the bench and I was thinking that maybe we had lost the game,” Bello told

“But I gave myself confidence that we were not going to lose this game and that I have to do my best when I get on to get the result.”

Bello’s efforts proved decisive, as the 17-year-old got in behind the Chinese backline on the right before playing in a well-driven cross towards Ajibade. The Nigeria captain’s challenge for the ball prompted the deflection off of Dou for an own goal.



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