Nigeria’s Super Falcons will play no part in next year’s Olympic Games, after playing out a 1-1 draw with Cote d’Ivoire at the Agege Stadium on Monday evening.
Following a goalless draw in Abidjan in the first leg on Thursday, Chris Danjuma’s side knew only a win would ensure their progress into the final stage of the qualifiers.
The African champions started on the front foot with Monday Gift testing the Ivoirian goalkeeper, but her effort was pushed away for a corner. In the 12th minute, the visitors shockingly took the lead from Kapho Nina’s free kick.
Nigeria pushed for an immediate response but were thwarted on a number of occasions by the opposition goalkeeper. However, Asisat Oshoala raced through on goal in the 34th minute to restore parity for the African champions. The half ended 1-1 in front of the nervous fans in Lagos.
In the second half, the visitors frustrated the efforts of the home side to get a second goal, holding on to progress to the final round on away goals to the disappointment of Nigerian fans at the stadium.
Despite their dominance on the African scene, the Super Falcons have now failed to qualify for three consecutive editions of the Olympics football event.