WAFCON 2022: Super Falcons riots Burundi, sets up Cameroon clash
Nigeria's Super Falcons put up an impressive attacking display as they dispatched Gustave Niyonkuru’s women 4-0 in their last Group C encounter at the ongoing Women’s Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday night to set up a knockout meeting with Cameroon.
Uchenna Kanu struck twice while Rasheedat Ajibade and Peace Efih also scored a goal each to help the holders of the WAFCON subdue the Swallows at the Stade Moulay Hassan in Rabat.
Having brushed aside Botswana 2-0 last time out, Randy Waldrum’s side went into the game needing at least a draw to secure passage to the quarter-final.
The first chance of the game fell to Nigeria in the second minute but Ifeoma Onumonu shot wide after she was set up by Ngozi Okobi.
After toiling for an opener for more than twenty minutes, Nigeria’s breakthrough came in the 22nd minute when goalkeeper Jeanine Irakoze fouled goal-bound Ajibade who had controlled a long-range pass from captain Onome Ebi.
The Atletico Madrid forward stepped up to take the ensuing kick and scored to give the West A deserved opener.
Shortly before the restart, Irakoze was subbed off for Amissa Inarukundo owing to a thigh injury.
Less than a minute into her introduction, she conceded Burundi's second, she was beaten by Efih who tucked home a cross from Ajibade after Rachelle Bukuru failed to clear her line.
Randy Waldrum’s team got their third goal of the night courtesy of Kanu who slammed the ball home from another fine delivery from Ajibade.
The East and Central Africans tried to make some attacking runs in search of a goal but had their efforts frustrated by the Onome Ebi led defense.
Notwithstanding their convincing lead, the Super Falcons continued pressing for more goals and that paid off just 22 seconds into the second half as Kanu completed her double from a simple finish.
Nigeria's series of misses in the front of goal ensured that no more goals were scored while Burundi decided to sit back to deny their opponents further goalscoring chances.
With the win, the Falcons have emerged runners-up of the Group C, and will now face Group B runners-up Cameroon on July 14 for a chance to earn a place in the semi-final as well as a place in next year's FIFA World Cup billed for Australia and New Zealand.