2024 Olympics Playoff: South Africa Coach Issues Stern Warning to Super Falcons

2024 Olympics Playoff: South Africa Coach Issues Stern Warning to Super Falcons

Chukwu Ikechukwu
February 28, 2024 at 3:44 PM
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  • Desiree Ellis says South Africa are determined to qualify for the 2024 Olympics
  • Banyana Banyana will confront Nigeria’s Super Falcons in the final playoff
  • South Africa and Nigeria will clash in a cracking two-legged match in April

Nigeria and South Africa are set to rekindle their rivalry in women’s football again and coach Desiree Ellis has issued a stern warning to the Super Falcons ahead of their Olympic playoffs clash.

The Super Falcons will tackle Banyana Banyana in a double-header in the final playoffs for a ticket to the Paris Olympic games after both teams breezed through Cameroon and Tanzania in the third round of qualifiers.

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Desiree Ellis says South Africa will kickstart preparations early ahead of their Olympics qualifier playoffs against Nigeria. Photo by Mark Metcalfe.
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According to Soccernet, Ellis has declared the game against Nigeria will be a “do or die” affair for Banyana Banyana while speaking in anticipation of the playoff games against the Super Falcons.

“It will be do or die [against Nigeria], We want to have an early camp, we will improve our chances when we prepare early and very well.”

South Africa and Nigeria will compete in a two-legged match between April 1 and 9, 2024, with the overall winner becoming one of Africa's representatives at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Super Falcons ready for South Africa

Meanwhile, Super Falcons midfielder Deborah Abiodun has reckoned Nigeria will not take South Africa for granted when both teams clash in the final round of the Olympic qualifiers, All Nigeria Soccer reports.

Deborah made this claim after the Super Falcons defeated Cameroon 1-0 in Abuja to seal a date with Banyana Banyana in the final round of the African qualifiers.

It has been sixteen years since the Super Falcons qualified for the Olympic Games, and a victory against South Africa will book their ticket to the Paris 2024 Games.

Super Falcons coach reacts to juju claim

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Nigeria coach Randy Waldrum does not understand the 'juju' dispute between the Super Falcons and the Cameroonian women’s national team.

During the second half of the Olympic qualifiers' second leg in Abuja, a Cameroonian player allegedly attempted to plant 'voodoo' inside Nigeria’s goalpost.

Cameroon had a free kick in the last minutes of the game, and Annie Enganemben was seen heading towards the Nigerian net, but goalie Chiamaka Nnadozie and forward Asisat Oshoala stopped her, and the player was sent off afterwards.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..