Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Olympic qualifier: Falcons walk tight rope in Bata

Nigeria’s female national team, the “Super Falcons” will be facing a herculean task when they take on Equatorial Guinea in the Olympics 2016 second round second leg qualifier in Bata on Sunday.

When both teams met in the first leg two weeks ago in Abuja, Falcons were forced to a 1-1 draw forcing many followers of the game to write off Nigeria getting the ticket when both teams meet in Bata tomorrow.

Super Falcons began their qualification battle for Rio 2016 Olympics Games without kicking the ball against Mali, while the Nzalang Nacional edged out Congo 7-0 on aggregate to reach this stage.

Tomorrow’s match is a must win for the nine time African champions to enable them hoist Nigerian flag in Brazil next year, while their Central African opponents who have won the African title on two occasions needs only a draw to progress.

Nigeria which failed to make it beyond the group stage at the just concluded FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada as well as failed to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics, is hoping to use Sunday’s match to convince football fans that they are still the best team in the continent.

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Falcons who will be missing the services of reigning African women player of the year, Asisat Oshoala as well as Josephine Chukwunonye, Onome Ebi and Francisca Ordega due to injury will depend on experienced players like Desire Oparanozie, Evelyn Nwabuoku and Ngozi Okobi to make the difference.

The aggregate winners will pick instant ticket for the women’s football event of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazi

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