Nigeria vs South Africa: Three Key Battles in Super Falcons Olympic Qualifying Tie Against Banyana

Nigeria vs South Africa: Three Key Battles in Super Falcons Olympic Qualifying Tie Against Banyana

Raphael Abiola
April 4, 2024 at 3:41 PM
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  • Nigeria and South Africa are set to battle for one of the tickets for the 2024 Olympic games in Paris
  • The two African giants missed out on the last edition of the competition in Tokyo, Japan, in 2021
  • Sports Brief has highlighted the three key duels that could determine the outcome of the match

The Super Falcons of Nigeria will host Banyana Banyana in the first leg of the 2024 Olympic qualifiers at the Moshood Abiola Stadium on Friday, April 5.

Both teams failed to qualify for the last edition in Tokyo, Japan, but one of them will miss out for the second time in a row.

Ahead of the first leg in Abuja, Sports Brief takes a look at the top three battles that are expected to happen in the game.

Nigeria and South Africa are set to lock horns for the first leg of the 2024 Olympic Games qualifiers in Abuja. Photo: @GOALAfrica.
Nigeria and South Africa are set to lock horns for the first leg of the 2024 Olympic Games qualifiers in Abuja. Photo: @GOALAfrica.
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Three key battles in the match

Osinachi Ohale vs Thembi Kgatlana

The pair would come across each other once again after crossing paths at the 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.

Kgatlana is tipped to lead Banyana Banyana's attack, and she's a player known for her pace, footwork, and eyes for goal.

The duel between both players could affect the outcome of the game.

Asisat Oshoala vs Karabo Dhlamini

Oshoala is the reigning CAF Women's Footballer of the Year but will need to prove her worth once again when she comes up against Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies defender Dhlamini.

Super Falcons depend on the former Barcelona strikers for goals, while Banyana Banyana expects Dhlamini to stop her.

Shukurat Oladipo vs Jermaine Seoposenwe

Seoposenwe was one of the goalscorers when South Africa defeated Nigeria at the WAFCON in 2022 and has been in blistering form for her club, Monterrey, ahead of the qualifiers.

Shukurat Oladipo will have a huge task to stop the former Real Betis striker from having a good game on Friday.

Plumptre ruled out of Banyana clash

Sports Brief earlier reported that Super Falcons key defender Ashleigh Plumptre has been ruled out of the Olympic qualifiers against South Africa on Friday.

The Saudi Arabia-based defender suffered a knock and will not be in the squad that will take on the African reigning queens, Banyana Banyana.

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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.