The Super Falcons of Nigeria, a women’s football team, have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, which is now taking place in Morocco.
The Super Falcons defeated Burundi 4-0 in their final group match on Sunday night at the Stade Moulay Hassan in Rabat, securing their spot in the round of eight in the process.
The Super Falcons put on a commanding performance on Sunday, scoring three goals in the first half and one more in the second 45 minutes in what was appropriately labelled a fight between David and Goliath.
The Super Falcons carried on from where they left off in Sunday’s last group encounter after getting back to winning ways on Thursday against Botswana.
The ladies of coach Randy Waldrum came out firing as soon as the whistle blew and nearly broke the tie in just two minutes.
Ifeoma Onumonu, who scored the game-winning goal against Botswana, attempted to score first in the match on Sunday but her shot was off-target.
After that, the Super Falcons had a flurry of chances but couldn’t break the score until the 23rd minute, when Rasheedat Ajibade was hauled down in the box by Burundi goalkeeper Jeanine Irakoze, giving Nigeria a penalty kick.
The 25th minute saw the blue-haired Ajibade take the allocated penalty kick and score to give Nigeria the lead.
The Swallows were rattled by Nigeria’s early goal, and three minutes after giving up the first goal, they gave up a second. Ajibade, who has been in excellent form, assisted Peace Efih in scoring to make it 2-0.
Just before the half-hour mark, Uchenna Kanu added a third goal off another assist from Ajibade, giving the Central Africans no time to catch their breath.
A second goal by Kanu shortly after the break allowed the Super Falcons to carry over their three-goal advantage into the second half.
Even though they had a few more opportunities in the second half, the Super Falcons settled for a 4-0 victory, which allowed them to finish second in Group C and advance to the quarterfinals.
South Africa defeated Botswana on Sunday night by a solitary goal to win all three of its games and finish first in Group C with a possible nine points.