The Nigerian women's national football team, the Super Falcons, are gearing up for their Paris 2024 Olympic Games qualifier against Ethiopia.
The clash is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, and the absence of these key players has raised concerns among fans.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had initially expected all invited players to have reached Addis Ababa in preparation for the upcoming match.
NFF Director of Media, Ademola Olajire, confirmed that the Super Falcons' manager, Randy Waldrum, was set to travel directly from his United States base to the camp, and the European-based stars were anticipated to arrive from their respective locations.
Olajire stated, “The foreign-based players will fly directly to Addis Ababa, and everyone must be there by Sunday. The match is on Wednesday, October 25th.”
With the clock ticking, fans hope these stars will join the squad soon to ensure proper preparations for the critical fixture.
Super Falcons set to face Ethiopia in Paris 2024 qualifier
Credit: Icon SportAccording to reports, the forthcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games qualifier between the Super Falcons and Ethiopia is set to be officiated by Togolese referees.
This decision by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) indicates a neutral and unbiased approach to the match, ensuring fair play and adherence to the game's rules.
Furthermore, it's important to note that the decisive leg of this qualifier will take place at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja, just six days later.
This adds an extra layer of significance to the match, as both teams will vie for an advantage in the first leg to carry into the crucial second leg on their home turf.
OFFICIAL: Our 🇳🇬 squad list 📄 for Ethiopia doubleheader in the second round of the African qualifying tournament for the #Paris2024, later this month! 🔥🤍#SoarSuperFalcons| #OlympicsQualifiers pic.twitter.com/hpkMJngd4F
— NGSuper_Falcons (@NGSuper_Falcons) October 9, 2023
In the lead-up to this fixture, it's worth mentioning that Ethiopia has already displayed its strength by successfully eliminating Chad in the first round of the Olympics qualifying series.
In contrast, the Super Falcons did not have to compete in the first round.
This sets the stage for a challenging and competitive showdown between two formidable teams, with the winner earning the opportunity to represent their nation at the prestigious Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
As the Super Falcons' camp opens for this important qualifier, the team's supporters and the entire nation hold their breath, hoping for a positive outcome and another chance to represent Nigeria on the global stage at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
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