2022年女子非洲杯:布隆迪前鋒Falone Sumaili對非洲的重量級選手毫不畏懼

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2022年女子非洲杯:布隆迪前鋒Falone Sumaili對非洲的重量級選手毫不畏懼

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布隆迪前鋒Falone Sumaili對在今年的女子非洲國家杯上與衛冕冠軍尼日利亞和南非比賽的前景毫不畏懼。

布隆迪與首次參賽的博茨瓦納、創紀錄的九次冠軍尼日利亞和2018年上屆賽事的決賽選手南非同在C組。

"我認為這是一個機會,因為我們有一個難得的機會與非常有經驗的球隊比賽,"在英格蘭效力於哈德斯菲爾德鎮的蘇邁利告訴BBC非洲體育。

"作為球員,我們將獲得新的經驗,對教練也是如此。但這也是一個機會,讓我們展示我們的素質,展示我們作為一個團隊的能力。

"我們相信我們可以做得很好"。

布隆迪在第二輪附加賽中以11-1的總比分擊敗吉布提後,首次獲得參加女子國家杯的資格。

蘇邁利說,對於這樣一支年輕的國家隊來說,在摩洛哥比賽是一個夢想成真。

"她說:"鑑於我們的女子國家隊成立才幾年,能夠參加女子國家杯,對我們來說是一件非常高興的事情。

"參加這項偉大的比賽是非洲大陸上每個女球員和每個國家的夢想"。

在摩洛哥進入半決賽的四支球隊都將有資格參加2023年女足世界盃,但蘇邁利說這不是她們目前的重點。

"資格本身是一個比我們預期更早到來的夢想,因此我們只會專注於發揮我們的能力,一場一場地比賽,"她說。

蘇邁利的家人在2015年布隆迪內亂期間作為難民搬到了英國。

2019年,她加入了第三級別球隊布拉德福德市,並在第一個賽季成為俱樂部的最佳射手,去年轉會到哈德斯菲爾德。

除了蘇邁利,布隆迪教練古斯塔夫-尼永庫魯還召集了另外三名來自歐洲的球員,以加強他的陣容。

他們包括Nduwayo Salha和Sheila Ineza,他們都在瑞典二級聯賽球隊Husqvarna FF效力,以及瑞士的Saffira Guinand,她在該國二級聯賽的Yverdon Sport效力。


Last updated on .From the section Sport Africa

Burundi striker Falone Sumaili is unfazed by the prospect of playing reigning champions Nigeria and South Africa at this year's Women's Africa Cup of Nations.

Burundi are in Group C alongside fellow debutants Botswana, record nine-times winners Nigeria and South Africa, finalists at the last tournament in 2018.

"I see it as an opportunity because we have a rare chance of playing against very experienced sides," Sumaili, who plays in England for Huddersfield Town, told BBC Sport Africa.

"We will gain new experience as players, and for the coach too. But it is also an opportunity for us to showcase our qualities, what we are capable of as a team.

"We are confident we can do great."

Burundi qualified to play at the Women's Nations Cup for the first time after beating Djibouti 11-1 on aggregate in the second round of the play-offs.

Sumaili says playing in Morocco is a dream come true for such a young national team.

"It's such a great joy for us to be able to take part in the Women's Nations Cup given it's only been a few years since our women's national team was formed," she said.

"It is the dream of every female player on the continent and every country to be part of this great tournament."

All the four teams that reach the semi-finals in Morocco will qualify for the 2023 Women's World Cup, but Sumaili says that is not their focus at the moment.

"Qualification itself is a dream that came sooner than we expected and so we will only focus on playing to the best of our abilities, match by match," she said.

Sumaili's family moved to the United Kingdom as refugees in 2015 during a period of civil unrest in Burundi.

In 2019 she joined third-tier side Bradford City, and was the club's top scorer in her first season before moving on to Huddersfield last year.

Apart from Sumaili, Burundi coach Gustave Niyonkuru has strengthened his squad by calling three other Europe-based players.

They include Nduwayo Salha and Sheila Ineza, who both play for Swedish second tier side Husqvarna FF, and Switzerland-based Saffira Guinand, who plays for Yverdon Sport in the country's second-tier.

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