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.
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)
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.
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.
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.