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2022 WAFCON: S. Falcons Falter as Debutants Botswana Top Group C

Nigeria’s Super Falcons have lost their opening match at the ongoing 2022 Women’s African Cup of Nations, WAFCON, holding in Morocco.

The Super Falcons fell by 1-2 to perennial rivals South Africa in the Group C match while Burundi were hit 4-2 by Botswana.

Two quick-fire goals from the South Africans through Jermaine Seoposenwe in the 61st minute and Hildah Tholakele Magaia only two minutes proved too much of an hurdle for the Super Falcons to scale.

Rasheedat Ajibade scored deep in stoppage time but it was too little too late.

The win extends South Africa’s dominance over Nigeria in recent years as the Super Falcons had not won or scored against South Africa in the continental showpiece since 2016.

In the other Group C match, Botswana registered the biggest win of the tournament so far when they saw off fellow debutants Burundi 4-2 at the Moulay Hassan Stadium in Rabat.

The Mares opened their scoring through Karabo Dithebe a minute to the halftime mark.

With the lead, Botswana went into the break with their heads held up high while looking to extend their lead.

A minute into the second half, Lesego Radiakanyo did just that as she doubled Botswana’s lead to 2-0.

Sandrine Niyonkuru scored to keep Burundi’s hopes of winning the game alive, but it was Botswana’s Tholakele who scored a quick brace in the 55th and 59th minutes to hand the Mares a 4-1 lead to knock the stuffing out of the Burundians.

The Burundians found the back of the net in the 81st minute with a fine finish to make the score 4-2.

Botswana, who are now Group C table leaders, face Nigeria in their next game on Thursday, July 7 at 2000Hrs GMT while Burundi will be up against South Africa at 1700Hrs GMT.

CAF/Maxwell Oyekunle

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