Super Falcons Thrash Burundi 4-0, to Face Cameroon in WAFCON Quarter-Finals

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The Women African Cup of Nations – WAFCON holders, Super Falcons of Nigeria must overcome the challenge of the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon to qualify for next year’s FIFA World Cup finals, following the quarter-final pairings that emerged after the Super Falcons bumped Burundi 4-0 in their final match of Group C.

The win took the champions to six points and five goals advantage, but South Africa’s 1-0 win over Botswana meant the Banyana Banyana finished on a maximum of nine points and topped the group, setting up a clash with Tunisia in the last eight.

Nigeria dominated to an embarrassing degree and should have been ahead by two goals before Rasheedat Ajibade won and scored a penalty in the 25th minute after she was upended by onrushing goalkeeper Jeanine Irakoze.

Earlier, the very busy Ifeoma Onumonu shot over the sticks when clear on goal in the second minute and Peace Efih had an opportunity to rifle into the net four minutes later but opted to pass, which effort was cut off.

HE INEVITABLE RASHEEDAT AJIBADE PUTS THE SUPER FALCONS OF NIGERIA IN FRONT Nigeria 1-0 Burundi

Four minutes after Ajibade scored from six yards, Peace Efih scored from a goalmouth melee after another dashing run and cross into the box by Ajibade. Less than 60 seconds after, Nigeria was 3-0 up after Ajibade hugged the bye line and threaded the ball into the box for advancing Uchenna Kanu to hook into an empty net.

In the second half, the Falcons started the way they left off in the first period, with Ajibade lifting the ball into the box for Kanu to rifle past substitute goalkeeper Amissa Inarukundo with only 22 seconds gone.

The Super Falcons are off to Casablanca for their quarter-final fixture against Cameroon on Thursday.