Nigeria and Cameroon Players Clash Over Alleged Use of 'Juju' During Olympic Games Qualifier: Video

Nigeria and Cameroon Players Clash Over Alleged Use of 'Juju' During Olympic Games Qualifier: Video

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 28, 2024 at 10:52 AM
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  • Nigeria defeated Cameroon in the Women's Olympic Games qualifier
  • Esther Okoronkwo scored the winner in the first half of the game in Abuja
  • Nigeria will face South Africa or Tanzania in the final round of qualifiers

Players of the Nigeria women's national team and their Cameroonian counterparts were involved in a melee during their Olympic Games qualifier on Monday.

The Super Falcons defeated the Indomitable Lionesses to reach the fourth round of the 2024 Olympic Games qualifiers, courtesy of an early strike from Esther Okoronkwo.

The record African champions returned to Abuja after a goalless draw in Cameroon in the first leg of the encounter.

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Nigeria defender Ashleigh Plumptre rises high to head the ball from a corner kick. Credit: @NGSuperFalcons
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Having fallen to an early lead, Cameroon were doing all they could for an equalizer, leading to a clash between players from both teams.

In a video that has since gone viral on social media, Super Falcons star, Asisat Oshoala and her teammates had to stop a Cameroonian player from rushing into the net holding an object believed to be black magic, popularly known as 'juju'.

The incident left a bizarre sight to a highly competitive match at the Mashood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

Nigeria will face the winner of the game between South Africa and Tanzania to determine their place at the Summer Olympic Games in Paris, as reported by Daily Post Nigeria.

Nigeria reach fourth round of qualifiers

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that the Super Falcons of Nigeria reached the fourth round of the CAF Women's Olympic qualifier after beating Cameroon 1-0 in Abuja.

Tenerife star Esther Okonkwo's first first-half strike gave the Falcons the deserved win over the Indomitable Lionesses at the MKO Abiola Stadium.

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 named NT of the year

Sports Brief also reported that the Super Falcons of Nigeria were awarded the Women’s Team of the Year at the CAF 2023 Awards off the back of an impressive showing at the World Cup earlier in the year.

The Super Falcons beat four other nominees to win the prestigious prize during the CAF Awards ceremony in Marrakech, Morocco last year.

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

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.