Women’s Olympic Qualifier: Nigeria vs South Africa combined 11

Women’s Olympic Qualifier: Nigeria vs South Africa combined 11
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All roads lead to Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja for the Women's Olympic qualifier involving Nigeria vs South Africa on 1 April 2024.

This clash marks the final round of the qualifying series which involves a home and away fixture for the Super Falcons and Banyana Banyana.

The second leg has been scheduled to take place at the Mbombela Stadium on 9 April as the Super Falcons make the trip to the Rainbow Nation.

The highly anticipated encounter between these sides often reflects the rivalry between Afrobeats and Amapiano, reminding us of the Super Eagles showdown against Bafana Bafana in AFCON 2023 semi-final where Nigeria triumphed on penalties to advance to the final.

These women's sides have produced great players in the past who have represented African football in the best way they can, winning trophies on and off the continent.

Nigeria vs South Africa women's teams
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Currently, both countries possess a plethora of stars at their disposal including both reigning CAF Women's Footballer of the Year in Asisat Oshoala and CAF Goalkeeper of the Year in Chiamaka Nnadozie with former CAF Player of the Year in Thembi Kgatlana along with many other stars.

In this article, we're going to do a combined 11 ahead of their meeting next month, bearing in mind that both countries are locked on three wins apiece in head to head victories since 2014.

But before that, let's delve into how both teams made it through to the Olympic playoffs.

Nigeria vs South Africa: Who did they beat to reach the final round?

Nigeria's Super Falcons drew 0-0 against Cameroon in the first leg of their third round tie in Douala, but they got the job done at home thanks to a lone strike from Esther Okoronkwo which sealed a 1-0 aggregate win over the Indomitable Lionesses.

On the other hand, South Africa's Banyana Banyana did most of the job in Tanzania after beating the East Africans 3-0 in their third round first leg before a Thembi Kgatlana strike in the return leg completed a 4-0 aggregate win.

The South Africa national women's team are the reigning WAFCON champions, as such, they possess an array of stars who are determined to ensure the country picks its third Olympic ticket in history.

Just like their opponents, 11-time WAFCON winners Nigeria have great players amongst their ranks who have to beat Banyana Banyana to book a spot in the Summer Olympics for the first time since 2008 in Beijing, China.

Players in action during Nigeria vs South Africa encounter
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Women’s Olympic Qualifier: Nigeria vs South Africa combined 11 (4-4-2)

The Nigerian team is led by Randy Waldrum while the South African team is managed by Desiree Ellis.

Both coaches will prepare their teams against each other for a slot in the Paris Olympics next Summer.

Their last meeting came in July 2022 during the WAFCON group stages where South Africa defeated Nigeria 2-1.

Below is our combined 11 from both national women's football teams.
Goalkeeper: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Nigeria).
Defenders:Michelle Alozie (Nigeria) Karabo Dhlamini (South Africa), Lonathemba Mhlongo (South Africa), Ashleigh Plumptre (Nigeria).
Midfielders:Noxolo Cesane (South Africa), Christy Ucheibe (Nigeria), Jennifer Echegini (Nigeria), Linda Motlhalo (South Africa).
Forwards:Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa), Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria).

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 month ago

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