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WAFCON: Group C table toppers, Botswana hope to inflict injuries on heavyweight Nigeria



Botswana scored four goals in their opening match on Monday

Will Nigerian football fans go to bed heavy laden tonight? The answer lies in the outcome of the WAFCON duel of the Super Falcons and the rave of the moment – Botswana as the WAFCON Group C gets to match day 2.

Matchtime: 9pm (Nigerian time)

Botswana find themselves in unfamiliar territory on top of Group C ahead of their fixture against the reigning African champions Nigeria in a much-anticipated encounter tonight at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations. 

The Mares come into this one looking to maintain their winning ways, though they will face a wounded Super Falcons outfit that is desperate to get some points onto their column on the table standings. 

Botswana head coach Gaoletlhoo Nkutlwisang said ahead of the match: “We fancy a good challenge. One thing for me as a coach, I want to play against the big coaches and for the team, we want to face the best. That motivates us so we will go out there and show who we are as Botswana.” 

Nigeria will be without poster girl and four-time African Player of the Year Asisat Oshoala, who has been ruled out of the tournament after suffering a Grade 2 Medial Collateral Ligament strain against South Africa on Monday. 


Randy Waldrum’s side lost their opening fixture against rivals South Africa 2-1 in a repeat of the 2018 edition opener – a game in which they were outplayed tactically and technically. 

For the American coach, “After the loss, we spent time with the players and regrouped and we are ready for this game. We are ready to get the job done.” 

If the FIFA rankings are anything to go by then Botswana are in for a David and Goliath matchup, but Nkutlwisang says “We are going to focus on ourselves and get ready to face whichever players Nigeria sends onto the pitch.”

Botswana are ranked 152nd in the world and 31st on the continent behind Nigeria who are ranked first on the continent and 39th in the world. 

The game will be played at Moulay Hassan in Rabat, Morocco at 21h00 local time.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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