Super Falcons concerns over Oshoala and Co for Paris 2024 Olympic Qualifier

Super Falcons concerns over Oshoala and Co for Paris 2024 Olympic Qualifier
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The Nigerian women's national football team, the Super Falcons, are gearing up for their Paris 2024 Olympic Games qualifier against Ethiopia.

However, notable players including Barcelona Femeni Forward Asisat Oshoala, Michelle Alozie, and goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, are yet to arrive at the camp.

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 qualifierMichelle Alozie is seen in action during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023

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.

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.

This article was most recently revised and updated 8 months ago

Rababe Koussaimi, a 22-year-old journalist, is deeply passionate about the world of sports. She grew up in a footballing environment, supporting both Bayern Munich and Wydad Athletic Club. She began her English journalism career by hosting a podcast for the first English radio station in Morocco. Currently, the Moroccan journalist channels her enthusiasm into writing and conducting extensive research, creating insightful and engaging content for GoalBall Live readers.