Paris 2024 Olympic Qualifier: Super Falcons Through to Next Round After Beating Cameroon in Abuja

Paris 2024 Olympic Qualifier: Super Falcons Through to Next Round After Beating Cameroon in Abuja

Raphael Abiola
February 26, 2024 at 5:17 PM
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  • The Super Falcons defeated Cameroon to book a place in the CAF Women's Olympic qualifier
  • The Nigerian Women's team beat the Indomitable Lionesses at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja
  • Randy Waldrum's side are on course to break a 16-year jinx of not qualifying for the tournament

The Super Falcons of Nigeria have booked a place in the fourth round of the CAF Women's Olympic qualifier for the 2024 edition in Paris after beating Cameroon.

A first half from Esther Okonkwo gave the Falcons the deserved 1-0 win over the Indomitable Lionesses at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja, on Monday evening (February 26).

The first leg of the tie ended in a goalless draw in Douala, which left the tie open for the second leg in Abuja.

Super Falcons are through to the next round of the CAF Women's Olympic qualifier. Photo: @NGSuper_Falcons.
Super Falcons are through to the next round of the CAF Women's Olympic qualifier. Photo: @NGSuper_Falcons.
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The last time the Nigerian women's national team featured at the Olympics was 16 years ago in Beijing, China, and we are hoping to break the jinx this year.

The Super Falcons started the game as the best side, but the Cameroonian defence dealt with an early effort from Okoronkwo.

Four minutes later, the UD Tenerife forward finally opened the scoring for Randy Waldrum's side.

The Super Falcons posed more threats going forward in the game but could not add to their tally as the Cameroonian defence was up to the task.

The Lionesses finished the game with 10 women after Enganemben Annie gets sent off for unsporting conduct.

The West African giants go through on a 1-0 aggregate and will face the winner between South Africa or Tanzania for one of the two tickets for the tournament in Paris scheduled for April.

Super Falcons win CAF Award

Sports Brief earlier reported that the Super Falcons won a CAF award after their impressive showing at the 2023 FIFA World Cup hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Nigeria edged four other nominees to win the Women’s Team of the Year during the CAF Awards ceremony in Marrakech, Morocco, on Monday night, December 11, 2023.

Other Women's national teams nominated for the award were Morocco, Senegal, South Africa and Zambia.

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Raphael Abiola
Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.