Uchenna Kanu scored an hat-trick for Nigeria’s Super Falcons who kicked off their 2019 Women’s WAFU Cup of Nations campaign on a brilliant note defeating debutants Burkina Faso 5-1 in their opening Group B game on Thursday at the Stade De Parc Des Sport in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Completesports.com reports.
Kanu scored the opener for last year’s bronze medalist in the ninth minute before penalties from Evelyn Nwabuoke in the 16th and another from Amarachi Okonkwo in the 20th minute gave Falcons a 3-0 lead before the break.
Five minutes into the second half, Kanu bagged her brace to make it 4-0 for the Super Falcons.
In the 55th minute, Dennerby made his first substitution bringing on Esther Sunday for Glory Ogbonna before Kanu completed her hat-trick in the 73rs minute.
Charlotte Milligo scored a consolatory goal for Burkina Faso in the 79th minute of the one-sided encounter.
The Super Falcons will take on the Senior Women National Team of Niger Republic in their next game on Saturday, May 11th.
Their last match of the group phase is against Mali on Tuesday, May 14th.
The tournament which started on Wednesday May 8 will May 18.
By Johnny Edward