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What you need to know about Women’s Afcon team Burundi

SA football fans cheer on their team

File pic. SA football fans cheer on their team. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng.

Published Jul 3, 2022

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Cape Town - As the Women’s African Cup of Nations (WAFCON) began in Morocco on Saturday, IOL Sport profiles each team competing at the tournament.

Team: Burundi

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Nickname: Swallows

FIFA ranking: No ranking

How they qualified for WAFCON:

The Swallows started their incredible journey to the continent with a 6-0 first-round thrashing of Eritrea on aggregate last October. They followed up their fine start with a convincing second-round 11-1 bashing of Djibouti to earn a maiden ticket.

WAFCON qualifying results, first round: Eritrea 0-5 Burundi (0-1)

Second round: Burundi 6-1 Djibouti (5-0)

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Coach: Gustave Niyonkuru

Niyonkuru has been overseeing the transition of women's players from the Under-20s to the senior level since 2019. Having guided the team to a historic WAFCON berth, his next task will be leading the nation to a maiden success.

Key players

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Joelle Bukuru

The midfielder starred for the Swallows at the 2019 CECAFA Senior Women's Challenge Cup competition, where they finished fourth. The 23-year-old who is currently championing Simba's title hunt in Tanzania, will be one of the Burundians to keep an eye out for at the 12-nation event.

Rukiya Bizimana

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The Etoile Du Matin forward was a huge bargain during the qualifying series after scoring four goals in the two-legged triumphs over Djibouti in February. Her scoring exploits will offer a huge prospect for the debutant East African nation.

IOL Sport

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