Nigeria’s Super Falcons, inspired by Atletico Madrid star Rasheedat Ajibade, strolled past Burundi to reach the quarterfinal stage at the ongoing 2022 Women Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.
Following the narrow loss to South Africa in their opening game, the Super Falcons of Nigeria have made it two victories from three group games after they defeated Burundi 4-0 on Sunday.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria, who have scored the most goals in the competition, now have a date with the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon in the quarterfinals. The match also determines who will represent the continent at the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia/New Zealand.
At the post-match press conference, Waldrum gave his assessment of the game against Burundi.
Waldrum explained that after the loss against the Banyana Banyana of South Africa the Super Falcons continue to improve.
He said, “We are improving in every game that we play. We execute our plans well and I am happy with the way the players have reacted in our last two games. We have urgency in the way that we play.”
“We have also given an opportunity to younger players to get a feel of the tournament so that we can also rest some of the players that have played heavy minutes.”
The American also singled some players out for praise based on their performance as the competition enters the knockout stages.
He added, “I am very impressed. You can see it tonight. We started Uchenna [Kanu] and she came through. Rasheedat [Ajibade] was great today.
“Peace [Ewomazino Efih] and Uchenna were great in the midfield. We have talent that is very beneficial. We have more good players to select from. I have confidence in what we are doing and we are in a really good place.”
The Super Falcons of Nigeria face the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
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