Wednesday, February 28, 2024
SportOlympic dream on the line in Abuja

Olympic dream on the line in Abuja

The Ethiopian women’s national team, aka Lucies, will take on Nigeria Tuesday in the highly-anticipated second leg of their CAF Olympic qualifier matchup.

After battling to a 1-1 draw in Addis Ababa, both squads know the importance of grabbing an away goal in Abuja.

In the first match, Birkie Amara struck early for Ethiopia before Rasheedat Ajibade leveled for Nigeria just after halftime. The Lucies refused to be intimidated by the formidable Super Falcons, holding their own throughout.

All eyes are fixed on Abuja as the Lucies of Ethiopia battle the Super Falcons of Nigeria for Olympic qualifying glory. After a thrilling first leg draw, football enthusiasts across the continent eagerly await which nation will punch their ticket to the next phase.

The winner of this monumental women’s clash will join an elite group attempting to book their seats on the plane to Paris in 2024.

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So far, hosts France, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, and the United States have confirmed their spots for the dozen-team tournament. But two slots remain open for Africa’s finest.

While CAF’s two representatives will not be determined until April 2024, its qualifying process is about to enter the second round, with the home-and-away ties set to take place from October 25-31. The four teams who proudly carried Africa’s flag in Australia and New Zealand – Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia – also return to Olympic qualifying action.

Since Atlanta ’96, only five African squads have had the honor of gracing Olympic soccer’s biggest stage.

As another chapter in qualification begins, one more will be chosen to join Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe in the pantheon of legends who brought pride to the continent on sport’s grandest scale.

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