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Super Falcons of Nigeria thrash Burundi to reach WAFCON quarterfinal

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Super Falcons of Nigeria will face Cameroon in the quarter-final

The Super Falcons of Nigeria have progressed to the next round of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations thanks to a 4-0 thrashing of minions Burundi on Sunday.

Rasheedat Ajibade and Peace Efih both scored one goal each while Uchenna Kanu bagged a brace to help Nigeria reach the quarter-final.

The Super Falcons will face rivals Cameroon in the quarterfinals in Morocco.

Burundi did a good job holding Nigeria in the first 25 minutes of the game but the goals began to pour in after Ajibade outpaced a Burundian defender and was felled by the goalkeeper to win a penalty.

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The Atletico Femeni forward took the penalty and scored to give Nigeria the first of three quick goals.

Three minutes later, Efih scored the second on the 28th-minute goal following a poor clearance by the Burundi defence after a fine run and cross by Ajibade.

Kanu scored the fourth a minute after to put Nigeria in the driving seat ahead of the second half.

Kanu soon got her second from a deft and well-weighted Ajibade cross early in the second half as Nigeria’s scored their seventh goal of the competition so far.

The Super Falcons lost their first game against South Africa 2-1 and that has cost them the group’s leadership after Banyana Banyana defeated Botswana 1-0 in their final group game.

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Nigeria has now scored 174 goals since the competition started some decades ago.

Waldrum’s next target is to qualify for the semifinal which will ensure Nigeria’s World Cup ticket.

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