Super Falcons And Copper Queens Complete Paris 2024 Olympics Party

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Nigeria senior women’s national team and Zambia completed the arrays of teams that will take part at the women’s football event of this year’s Olympics in Paris, France.

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The Super Falcons played out a 0-0 draw with African champions, South Africa in the return leg of the fourth round.

The nine time African champions had won the first leg of the final round of Qualifiers 1-0 in Abuja last Friday.

Rasheedat Ajibade’s first half penalty separated both sides at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

On Tuesday, the return leg saw Banyana Banyana search for a goal to take the match into extra time and possibly penalties to no avail at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria.

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Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie was called upon to save from a deep-flying corner as early as the third minute, but in a back-and-forth theme that characterized the entire game, Nigeria was on the front foot immediately after, with Chinwendu Ihezuo seeing her headed ball caught by Kaylin Swart after a cross by captain Rasheedat Ajibade.

Ihezuo failed to connect with a header to Osinachi Ohale’s dipping free-kick in the 27th minute, but then Nigeria breathed better when Thembi Kgatlana made a hash of an opportunity as the Banyana broke forward.

In the second half, Linda Motlhalo, Jermaine Seoposenwe and Nomvula Kgoale proved a handful for The Pride of Africa, as they seized the midfield and got a couple of good passes to their danger-lady, Kgatlana. But at all times, Ohale, Chidinma Okeke, Christy Ucheibe and goalkeeper Nnadozie were alert and unruffled.

Nnadozie, who plays for Paris FC in France, further enhanced her reputation and market value with great saves in the 70th and 86th minutes. In-between, Ihezuo’s flicked header to an Ajibade in-swinger went narrowly away.

The 1-0 win on aggregate for Nigeria ensured a return to the women's football event of the Olympics for the first time since Beijing 2008 as they will face Spain, Japan, and Brazil in Group C.


Zambia also joined Nigeria on making it to the women's football event of the Olympics after a 2-0 victory after extra time against Morocco in the return leg.

The first leg ended 2-1 in favour of the Atlas Lionesses in Zambia thanks to goals from Zineb Redouani and Rosella Ayane with Lushomo Mweemba pulling a goal back for the Copper Queens.

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In the return leg, a brace from Barbra Banda settled the game with the first coming in the 38th minute while the second was scores in the first half of extra time.

Zambia won the game 3-2 on aggregate and marked consecutive appearance at the Olympics after their participation at the last edition in Tokyo.

They will face United States Women's National Team (USWNT), Australia, and Germany in Group B.

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