By Sunny Green
The Super Falcons of Nigeria booked the quater-final ticket of the ongoing Women’s African Cup of Nations in Morocco on Sunday night after claiming a 4-0 victory over Burundi.
Atlético Madrid forward, Rasheedat Ajibade gave the defending champions the lead in the 25th minute from the spot after she was brought down by Burundi goalkeeper, Belinda Ndoreraho in the 18-yard box.
The 22-year-old went to provide all the assists for the rest of Nigeria’s first-half goals which came from Israel-based Peace Efih and fellow African Women Player of the year nominee, Uchenna Kanu.
Kanu completed her brace immediately after the break after firing home from close range.
It not for VAR’s decision which saw one of Kanu’s goals earlier ruled offside, the Tigres UANL’s striker would had bagged her first WAFCON hattrick.
Only two Nigerian women players in the persons of legendary Perpetual Nwankwo, and Asisat Oshoala who are joint-record fourt-time African Women Player of the year, have score hattricks at the continental tournament.
With the victory, Nigeria finished second behind South Africa in group C.
The 9-time WAFCON winners with face familiar foes, the Indomitable lionesses of Cameroon in the quater-final.