WAFCON Nigeria 4 Burundi 0 : Super Falcon Has Qualified For Quarterfinal
Written by Ossy on July 11, 2022
Super Falcons crossed their first hurdle of the 2022 WAFCON, but they have a tougher battle ahead
The Super Falcons of Nigeria showed great class, quality, and dexterity to thrash Burundi 4-0 in their final group game of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Nigeria only needed a draw against Burundi to seal a spot in the quarterfinal of the WAFCON. Howbeit, they
affirmed their masterclass on the game.
Super Falcons looked dangerous from the blast of the whistle. They controlled play and had the Burundians just where they wanted.
The Randy Waldrum-tutored ladies took the lead 25 minutes into the game. Atletico Madrid striker Rasheedat Ajibade calmly converted from the penalty spot to put Nigeria ahead.
Before the Swallows could gather their thoughts, Peace Efih struck in the 28th minute to make it 2-0. Sixty seconds later, it was Uchenna Kanu who got her own goal to give Nigeria a three-goal cushion to take into the break. Uchenna Kanu also scored at 46th minutes to give Nigerian a tremendous victory over Burundi women.
Randy Waldrum made four changes to the side that defeated Botswana 2-0 on match-day two of the tournament, with Efih, Kanu, Christy Ucheibe and Nicole Payne all replacing Halimatu Ayinde, Michelle Alozie, Rita Chikwelu and Francisca Ordega.
Ajibade, easily the game’s best player, caused problems for the Burundians time and time again, and was the key woman as the Falcons put their high-pressing tactics to good use.
The West Africans got the game underway with the first chance of the match falling to striker Ifeoma Onumonu, who fired wide, following a fine pass from Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene just two minutes into the encounter.
Despite their early dominance, it took the nine-time champions 25 minutes to break their opponent’s defence after Ajibade outpaced her marker, before she was brought down inside the box by goalkeeper Eanine Irakoze.
The game ended 4-0 to the Super Falcons at the Stade Moulay Hassan in Rabat.
The victory ensures that Nigeria finishes second in group C. And it means that they would slug it out against Cameroon who also finished second in group B for a spot in the semifinals.
By contrast, Nigeria women has played against Cameroon women nine times . The Super Falcon won four and lost three , the remaining two was a draw game for them.
Head coach of Nigeria’s women team, Randy Waldrum, however admitted that their quarter-final clash against Cameroon at the ongoing Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) will be tough for his team but they are going to come out victorious on Thursday 14th July, 2022.