FIFA has clarified that Rasheedat Ajibade wasn’t the scorer of the equalizer in Nigeria's 1-1 draw with China at the ongoing U20 Women's World Cup France 2018, even though the goal was initially credited to her by the Swiss-based organization.
Aishat Bello, who came in as a substitute, sent in an inviting cross which 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, against Haiti in the second group game.
Ajibade tweeted shortly after yesterday's match at Stade du Clos Gastel, Dinan-Léhon: ”The goal today has been given as an own goal by but I will take that anyway.
”We are through. Well 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 face-off with Spain, at the Stade Guy Piriou, Concarneau on August 16.
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