The Nigeria U20 women's team started off their campaign in the African Games football tournament with a 3-0 victory over South Africa in Rabat on Saturday.
The South Africans were aiming to avenge their 8-0 aggregate defeat in the 2018 U20 Women's World Cup qualifiers at the expense of West African giants.
On the other hand, the Falconets aimed to retaliate after the Super Falcons' 1-0 shock opening 2018 African Women's Cup of Nations defeat to Banyana Banyana in Ghana.
First-half goals from Gift Monday and Zainah Olapade alongside second-half strike from substitute Cynthia Aku gave Christopher Danjuma's ladies a winning start at the Stade des Chenes.
The 2019 Cosafa U20 Women's Cup bronze medal winners made a poor start to the match as Gift fired the West Africans in front four minutes into the contest.
The Falconets maintained their high pressing against Simphiwe Dludlu's ladies and were rewarded with another breakthrough through Olapade five minute from the half time break.
Fifteen minutes after the restart, Danjuma's side made an early change and substitute Aku proved her mettle as the Rivers Angels star scored the third goal to ensure a clinical winning start for Nigeria.
FT' in Rabat: South Africa 0-3 Nigeria - The Falconets defeated Basetsana to kick off their campaign on a high at the Stade des Chenes.
[0-1] Gift Monday 4'
[0-2] Zainab Olapade 40'
[0-3] Cynthia Aku 65'#AfricanGames #AAG2019 #RSANGA #TeamSA #TeamNGA pic.twitter.com/XGjgBEktpH
— Samuel Ahmadu (@sam4wigan) August 17, 2019
With the result, Nigeria is on top of Group B with three points and three goals and they will take on Cameroon in their second encounter on Wednesday, August 21.
South Africa, on the other hand, will hope to bounce back from their opening defeat when they will rekindle their regional rivalry against Zambia on the same day at the same venue.