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Super Falcons Pick Olympic Ticket 16 Years After

Super Falcons of Nigeria have qualified for the 2024 Olympics after a 16-year absence from the competition.

The nine time African champions make

a glorious return to the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament with a 1-0 aggregate victory on Tuesday night following an impressive all-round performance in the reverse fixture of the final playoff against South Africa’s Banyana Banyana in Pretoria.

The Falcons entered the game with an advantage, having secured a 1-0 victory at home in Abuja. Nevertheless, the South Africans aimed to overturned result, dominating possession early in the match.

The reigning African champions, who had boasted that Nigeria’s one-goal win in Abuja on Friday would be swiftly cancelled within the first quarter-hour, sped off the blocks at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium but found a resilient Super Falcons unwilling to give an inch.

Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie was called upon to save from a deep-flying corner as early as the third minute, but in a back-and-forth theme that characterized the entire game, Nigeria was on the front foot immediately after, with Chinwendu Ihezuo seeing her headed ball caught by Kaylin Swart after a cross by captain Rasheedat Ajibade.

Ihezuo failed to connect with a header to Osinachi Ohale’s dipping free-kick in the 27th minute, but then Nigeria breathed better when Thembi Kgatlana made a hash of an opportunity as the Banyana broke forward.

In the second half, Linda Motlhalo, Jermaine Seoposenwe and Nomvula Kgoale proved a handful for The Pride of Africa, as they seized the midfield and got a couple of good passes to their danger-lady, Kgatlana. But at all times, Ohale, Chidinma Okeke, Christy Ucheibe and goalkeeper Nnadozie were alert and unruffled.

Nnadozie, who plays for Paris FC in France, further enhanced her reputation and market value with great saves in the 70th and 86th minutes. In-between, Ihezuo’s flicked header to an Ajibade in-swinger went narrowly away.

The one-goal win on aggregate means the Falcons will participate in the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament for the first time since Beijing 2008, and will join Brazil, Spain and Japan in a potentially-explosive Group C in July.


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