Nigeria vs South Africa: Three Super Falcons Players Who Could Dash Banyana Banyana’s Olympics Dream

Nigeria vs South Africa: Three Super Falcons Players Who Could Dash Banyana Banyana’s Olympics Dream

Ero Samson
updated at April 4, 2024 at 12:50 PM
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  • Nigeria and South Africa lock horns in the final rounds of the Paris Olympics qualifiers
  • The clash between both African powerhouses is shaping up to be a thriller of a fixture
  • Sports Brief highlights three Nigerian players the South African team should be wary of

The Super Falcons of Nigeria will host South Africa’s Banyana Banyana in the first leg of the 2024 Paris Olympic qualifying fixture at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

The clash between these African powerhouses is shaping up to be a cracker, with individuals from both teams' camps expressing confidence in their chances of securing victory.

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The Super Falcons of Nigeria seek their first qualification to the Olympics for the first time since 2008. Image: Elsa-FIFA.
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However, as match day approaches and preparations are finalised for what promises to be an exciting fixture, Sports Brief highlights three Nigerian players whom the South Africans must watch out for.

Three Nigerian players South Africa should be wary of

Deborah Abiodun

Deborah Abiodun has injected a vibrant sense of youth into the Super Falcons midfield since bursting onto the scene prior to the 2023 FIFA World Cup.

The University of Pittsburgh Panthers star has quickly become known for her relentless work ethic and commanding presence in the centre of the park. Her remarkable stamina and tackling prowess have proven invaluable, particularly against high-attacking sides like South Africa. Once again, her skills are expected to be crucial in disrupting Banyana Banyana's attacks.

Coach Desiree Ellis will need to ensure the 20-year-old delivers an underwhelming performance if she hopes to stifle Abiodun's impact and keep her midfield functioning at its best.

Jennifer Echegini

At the forefront of the Super Falcons' attacking lineup stands Jennifer Echegini.

Fresh off a remarkable hat-trick for her club side, Juventus Women, just last week, Echegini holds the key to setting the tempo for the Super Falcons.

With her remarkable technical skills, tactical intelligence, and consistent goal-scoring ability, Echegini is poised to be a vital asset for Coach Randy Waldrum's squad.

Furthermore, Echegini's proficiency in breaking down opposing attacks and igniting the Super Falcons' offensive manoeuvres with her precise passing and exceptional vision only adds to her significance on the field.

The 23-year-old would definitely be a major source of worry for Banyana Banyana.

Rasheedat Ajibade

The Super Falcons' captain is a player whom Desiree Ellis's side must closely monitor.

The Atletico Madrid Feminino star boasts immense versatility, often catching her opponents off guard.

The 24-year-old excels either as the focal point of the attack or while operating on the flanks.

Ajibade has a knack for scoring against Banyana Banyana. Despite the Super Falcons' six-year victory drought against the South Africans, the forward has consistently found the back of the net.

Ajibade will likely rely on her recent impressive form, which earned her a nomination for Atleti Women's Player of the Month, as reported by Mahou, to wreak havoc against South Africa.

South African players Nigeria must be wary of

In a previous report, Sports Brief compiled a list of South African players that the Nigerian team must be wary of.

The list features 2018 CAF women's player of the year, Thembi Kgatlana, amongst other elite Banyana stars.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).